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Mami Wata and Santa Marta: Imag(in)ing Selves and Others in Africa and the Americas

Henry John Drewal

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229488.003.0008
Mami Wata and Santa Marta: Imag(in)ing Selves and Others in Africa and the Americas

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This chapter explores the circumatlantic visual history of African water deity Mami Wata and traces its evolution, contexts, and significances in shaping personal and community identities. It considers three episodes in the visual history of Mami Wata: a European representation of an exotic other that became implicated in Mami Wata's art history in Africa, case histories of the assemblages of this European image and other alien objects on Mami Wata shrines in Africa, and the representation and transformation of Mami Wata into an African Catholic saint in the Americas. It argues that images are expressions of agency and self-actualization.

Keywords: Mami Wata; African water deity; community identities; art history; Catholic saint; Americas; images; self-actualization

Chapter.  6135 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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