The Legend of Mami WataThe Legend of Mami Wata
Long ago, in ancient Africa, lived and ruled, the goddess Mami Wata. Skin a silky ebony, her hair as long and flowing as the night. She carried a small silver mirror, with two small coral snakes encircling her waist and both wrists. Her body lithe, her moves graceful and confident. She was both agile and strong. She often took the form of a mermaid, for she loved the sea. But every now and then, whenever she chose to walk the land, she would take a more human shape. In either form, she emanated strength and beauty incarnate.
One of the many legends of Mami Wata was of how she longed for mortal lovers. She would ensnare passing sailors with her melodic voice and exquisite beauty. The siren of all sirens. Sometimes she would keep a lover for a few days and return them to dry land once she had had her way with them. Other times, if she considered the mortal unworthy, she would drown them in the sea afterwards. The drowning victim never realizing what was happening,
The Tale of Atargatis The Tale of Atargatis
Once, long ago, lived an ethereal beauty named Atargatis. She was a water nymph, daughter of Poseidon and Calypso. And as all immortals do, she longed for love.
She was swimming in a river one day, when she heard the distant voice of a young man in the nearby valley. She rose from the water immediately, intrigued my the young man's melodic voice. When she had reached the edge of the valley, she saw him. A strapping, young man, in his early twenties. A sheep-herder. He was singing to his herd, calming them down for an afternoon nap. His beauty made Atargatis' breath catch in her throat. Never had she seen such a magnificent mortal man in all her long, long years.
She approached the mortal man slowly, unsure of his reaction to her sudden presence.
The young man heard her soft footfalls and turned to gree