Mami wata, Rivah Muma and the veneration of the spirit of life

Mami Wata” means mother water or mother of water,  for those unfamiliar with the legend. She is an ancient African deity. Part of a pantheon of mermaids and is presented as an anamorphic water entity, with a woman’s upper body and the hindquarters of a fish or snake.

Myths of the mermaid is popular all around the world, but the African water spirit Mami Wata remained respected and celebrated from the time before the African nations came in contact with Europe, through the ages, and even up to today where she is venerated in West, Central, Southern Africa and the diaspora in Americas.

The Ohemma Nsuo is the correct name for the Mami Wata “group of mermaids”, who actually do not wish to be called Mami Wata. Ohemma Nsuo is regarded as an immortal spirit that personifies polar opposites, of beauty and danger, natural force and healing, wealth and destruction, health and disease, and inability to follow ideas of good and evil. As a mermaid deity, she is incredibly powerful, dangerous, pleasant, sexual and able to destroy anything on her path.

Yemaya or Yemoja, is one of the chief mermaids in the Ohemma Nsuo pantheon and is considered the mother of all life on Earth.  All life came from the water and requires water to live. Yemaya appears to human eyes also as a mermaid, and this is how she is usually represented.  This hearkens to her perceived form from the Ohemma Nsuo.

Yemayá lives and rules over the seas and lakes. She also rules over maternity in our lives as she is the Mother of All. Her name, a shortened version of Yeyé Omo Eja means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish” to reflect the fact that her children are uncountable. All life on the planet is said to have started in the sea, the amniotic fluid inside the mother’s womb is a form of sea, where the embryo must transform and evolve through the form of a fish before becoming a human baby. In this way Yemayá displays herself as truly the mother of all. She partakes of Olokun’s abundance as the source of all riches which she freely gives to her little sister Oshún. She dresses herself in seven skirts of blue and white and like the seas and profound lakes she is deep and unknowable. In her path of Okutti she is the queen of all magic women, carrying within her deep and dark secrets. Her number is seven for the seven seas, her colors are blue and white, and she is most often represented by the fish who are her children.

According to Jamaican folklore, the Rivah Muma or River Maid as she is also known, is the Jamaican legend of Ohemma Nsuo..  and Yeyé Omo Eja.

Water in Jamaican folklore is believed to be inhabited by powerful spirits, who are usually female since water is a female element.

Rivah Muma:

… is believed to inhabit every fountainhead of an inexhaustible and considerable stream of water in Jamaica. For this reason the sources of such streams were worshipped and sacrifices [and rituals] offered to the “Rubba Missis.

“These sacrifices and rituals were meant to appease these water spirits so that they may bring rain during times of drought and provide many fish in their catch.”

“… slaves on water-works used to persuade their overseers or masters to sacrifice an ox at the fountain-head of the water turning the mill in times of much drought, in order to propitiate the mistress of the river, that she may cause rain and give an adequate supply of water to turn the mill.”


Water represents life. It represents energy. “Mama…there is that word again”. All things as we know it is energy. H2O is energy. Oxygen is energy. Sound is energy. Colors, ocular vision is energy. Thought is energy. Energy condensed is hard matter that can be touched, picked up and sat on. WE are energy condensed. WE are the dark matter that the kimityu creator deity, Ptah in conjunction with khnem or khnm …meaning “to build”….took from the primordial soup (the chaos of energy) in order to fashion and sculpt the first man on a potter’s wheel.

Keep in mind that Afrikan ourstory all have the same basic theme running through them. The only differences are the names which are usually regional or linguistic.  There seem to be a trend with certain groups and individuals who now carry the slave behaving attitude that ancestral veneration and the veneration of the Orishas and Afrikan deities, is a negative thing. Many practice in secret because their intentions are impure. But also many practice in secret because they are attacked as practicing witch craft, voodoo or Obeah.

The Afrikan cultural practices of ancestral veneration and the practice of vudon and Obeah were practiced in secret or risk murderous retribution by the cave savages who held our ancestors as penned animals.

Those enslaved Afrikans who accepted their subhuman status saw the practitioners as trouble makers and would rat them out to the slavers. Some would do so to eliminate a rival.

Many of these same people today who act like IFA or ancestral veneration is barbaric, have no hesitation singing the praise of Arabism, Christianinsanity, Zionism disguised as jewishism or any other non Afrikan spiritual system. Despite protestation to contrary, many hate Afrika, hate anything to do with Afrika thus, hate their Afrikan self.

This is the legacy of the Ma’afa

The same skewed world view goes for the continental Afrikans who hate each other AND their estranged family members in the west. These same ones pretend to be keepers of the traditions, but would malice their family in the diaspora who try to keep the tradition going, all the while teaching the european inner secrets and tradition for fiat currency, a bucket of chicken or sexual gratification.

While we have some practitioners selling our birthright to foreigners while simultaneously denying their own blood the knowledge, we have some who use the secrets for nefarious ends or simplistic or ego driven ends, such as entrapping a love interest or putting spells on people. Both groups are responsible for the ignorance and fear of good intended practitioners and of the science itself.

We must overstand that the European uses our own science to keep us down and make himself appear elevated. And he easily incorporates malicious traitors from among us to do so. All the while selling us stories of a male pantheon of deities without a female deity in a homosexual, patriarchal worship of violence and destruction.

I urge many who are curious about IFA to delve into it, but do so with purity of heart and an open mind. You will find it is a serious balm and a practical guide in a world of confusion. Be careful though about who you turn to for guidance, recognize that many are false practitioners and doers of evil. Avoid them and their elaborate schemes that appeal to your ego.

This is not an ego driven experience but one of purity and openness. Lets start a movement back to our tradition of the mother-father principle and of Afrikan cultural relevance.


About forgiveness

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”— Oscar Wild

The Paradoxical Commandments

  1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
  9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
  10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

Forgiveness when you break it into its base component, is merely the act of not being upset at somebody who did you “wrong”.

Wrong carries many connotations and includes anything from physically harming you or your family. An example being how Dylan Roof was forgiven by surviving victims or families and friends of the victims of his North Carolina church massacre.

Or it could be how integationists insist on forgiving random white people for the sins of their ancestors during the Ma’afa, that made Europe and North amurdikkka, the pre-eminent economies on the planet.

Or it could be forgiving someone who broke your heart Afromanticly, carry no resentment or bitterness going forward. Many in modern society talk a good game of forgiveness, as long as THEY are not the ones asked to forgive. THEY would prefer to carry said resentment and bitterness…even potential violence beyond the grave.

A glaring example was Jewish lawyers during the 90s who were sill hunting Nazis from the past, who went to Argentina to dig up the bones of an alleged Nazis and put said bones on trial.

When I was a child, I accepted to idea of forgiveness through the prism of Christianinsanity, yet practiced forgiveness through the lens of the Christian crusaders. After all as a child I and my peers, like all children did and continue to do, watched what the adults did, instead of listening to what they said.

As a young man with anger issues that remained into my late adulthood, I was pretty proficient in not forgiving and definitely not forgetting any slight. I remember “fondly” recounting how my generation would have that one dude…like a younger me…who would catch another dude eyeballing them and used that as an excuse to set some unpleasant violence off.

Think about that statement for a minute.

It was that social conditioning that became the antithesis of the other social conditioning of accepting any shit thrown your way as an act of cowardice. Over the last little while I have personally been trying to analyze what forgiveness means to me. Lately I have been placed in a situation of overstanding of how having to forgive somebody forced me to subsume anger, bitterness and thoughts of revenge.

It was through my increased interest in IFA and my small overstanding of ancestral knowledge that I equal parts am now forced to deal with the raw emotion involved in forgiving somebody I didn’t want to forgive. While at the same time really came to a deeper overstanding that forgiveness has and should not have anything to do with the party that hurt you.

Forgiveness is about refusing to be consumed with the pain and flame of anger and revenge, that tends to pop up when hurt by another. To forgive is to forgive YOURSELF…not the other, because without that control one would be like the berserker of Europe, taking a broad sword to anything insight.

The other party need to forgive themselves of the wrong they did and seek to right the wrong done.

However, in using the Christianized version of forgiving, many tend to either include of ignore the other aspect of that reaction. Forget.

The brain, the mind and the heart are very poor practitioners of forgetting past hurt. This is where a true overstanding of forgiveness can happen. And it must be contextual. Many ancient and modern Afrikan cultures…those not poisoned with Christianinsanity and the westernized slave mentality, approached forgiveness as a community and specific cultural practice, that requires the perpetrator to seek forgiveness in their own right and to practice restitution as a sign of their sincerity.


It’s not enough to say I am sorry, but you have to make things right as best you can in order to make the forgiveness mean something. One example of sincere restitution comes from Japanese’s brutal feudal era, where honor is paramount and “loss of face” or honor demands the perpetrator of any dishonorable acts be at best gut themselves in ritual suicide, called Sipaku. Or worse be ostracized by the community. Their family disbanded and their possessions divided.

Nature demands balance in all things. Thus hurting somebody oo something or someones property, demands a balancing of the slate. The Japanese like quite a few societies had other means of ensuring that the scales are balanced.

The rise of the Ninja and the guild of assassins that have been part and parcel of government practice since politicians and prominent citizens were stabbed or poisoned in Greco-Roman history, speaks on this.

Forgiveness means many things to different people. Yet the most misunderstood aspect of forgiveness is its effect on the forgiver than on the forgiven. The act of forgiveness shoul put you in a state where you are not consumed by hate and desire for revenge. It does not however or should not be seen as forgetting, until the scales are balanced through restitution.

This needs to be reflected on deeply.

Joy and Pain

“Ifá is a system of divination and refers to the verses of the literary overstanding known as the Odu Ifá. Orunmila is identified as the Grand Priest, as he is who revealed divinity and prophecy to the world. As it was explained to me by a priest, Ifa is neither reLIEgion, science or politics. Yet contained in Ifa one could be mistaken in believing that there is science, politics or reLIEgion. This is because most people apply their current understanding and worldview to Ifa, instead of embracing its truth from where they stand.

Through divination one is directed to a story where you either the protagonist or the antagonist. You are told that if you follow THIS path, THIS will happen. But if you follow THAT path, THAT will happen.

Our story cautions us that pain is a natural part of our existence, based on the choices we made prior to leaving the spiritual realm to enter this world. We are asked to choose a particular set of circumstances before coming through the feminine portal. However we forget what we asked for and instead of maximizing the choices we made and have,  we envy the other choices we did not make. And we experience pain.

We ask for riches or power or attractiveness, but we instead envy longevity, full health or compassion. So we experience the pain of lack. Focusing on our lack, instead of our gifts, because we refuse to be happy where we are.

We all have things that we’ve lived for, dreams that we want to accomplish, hoping things will turn around. To see our family intact. To lose some weight, stop and addiction, to start our own family. Sometimes, as it goes on, month after month, year after year, we don’t see anything changing. And when we see things never-changing we say to ourselves, this is as good as it gets and we are just going to have to “live with it”.

We all go through disappointments, loss, set backs. Pain is a part of life. It’s easy to get discouraged and ask “why is this happening to me”? Sometimes when we look at pieces of our lives that don’t make sense. The key is what we do in our times of pain. Pain WILL change us. Heartaches, loss, disappointments. They don’t leave us the same as before. Every painful episodes we experience, even if we don’t like them, is developing something in us that can only be developed in the tough times.

Eventually all that will pass. But you will be different. In the tough times when you are uncomfortable. Going through a loss, a divorce, an illness. You can easily let it overwhelm you. How the pain changes you….is up to you! You could come out bitter or you could come out better. You could come out defeated, giving up on your dreams, or you could come out with renewed passion, a new fire, excited about the new possibilities in front of you.

In times of pain, don’t ask for things to change. As that you be better.

You may not like it, but instead of being a whiner be a warrior and believe you can handle it. Don’t complain about the pain, for without the pain, we couldn’t reach the fullness of our destinies.

Sometimes we bring the pain upon ourselves. We make poor choices, get into relationships we know is not good, get over our heads in our spending, now we are having to deal with the consequences. All of us experience pain. The challenge is not to just go through it, but grow through it. See it as an opportunity to get stronger, to develop character, to gain new confidence to never give up.

Anybody can let the pain overwhelm you. But all that’s doing is wasting your pain. That pain is not there to stop you. It’s there to prepare you, to increase you, to develop you. Difficulties are a part of life. So might as well quit telling yourself you can’t take it. You are not weak. You are well able. Eventually the pain will pass. You will give birth to new strength. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it’s not gonna happen.

There will always be forces trying to convince us to settle where we are as a way of pushing our dreams down. Your dreams can become buried under discouragements. Under past mistakes. Buried under divorce, under low self-esteem. Its easy to settle for mediocrity even though we have all these potential buried on the inside. Those memories of the hurt and pain must be turned around to remember your dream. Have you allowed any dreams to get buried in you? At one time you thought you could do something great, lead the company in sales, break that addiction.

Its been a long time. You have had some bad breaks, you could easily settle where you are and nobody could fault you. Your enemies would love to deceive you into burying your dreams, thinking you will never succeed. Don’t belive their lies. It’s never too late to become all that you were created to be. Every time you remember your dreams, you are removing some dirt. You are digging your dreams back out. The true mark of a champion is despite new dirt getting thrown on your dreams, instead of letting it get buried, you keep shaking it off. You keep moving forward.

You wouldn’t be having these opposition if you didn’t have something great in you

If your dream wasn’t right on track. Just ready to come to fruition, you wouldn’t have so many things coming against you. Know that your dream is still alive. You may have tried a year ago or five years ago or forty years ago. It didn’t work out. Nobody was there to help you…go back and try again.

This is your time, your moment, your destiny is calling out to you. Your dream is not dead, it’s just not in season. And every thing has a season. Your time is coming, good breaks are coming, that good job is coming, promises you have been standing on. Good things you have been dreaming about. Lack is not your destiny. Struggling and getting by is not the end of your life. These afflictions are for a moment. Your adversity is temporary but the glory is eternal.