Mami Wata is an African water deity with many worshipers and shrines throughout the country.
She can change between a mermaid’s appearance, or that of a human woman or man. She is often seen with a snake wrapped around her, with it’s head in between her breasts.
Many believe that she will abduct her followers on occasion and take them to her underwater realm. If she allows them to leave, they gain good fortune and wealth throughout the rest of their life.
She has been known to have sex with her male devotees, but afterwards demands their sexual faithfulness to her. If he accepts, he will be showered with favor. If he declines, she will invoke her wrath upon his family.