Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Caribbean Mermaid

Maureen Warner-Lewis writes:
Another prominent mythological creature in Jamaican folklore is River Muma, that is, mother of the river. This creature has fused with the European mermaid but, as is characteristic of other such water women of Caribbean mythologies, is associated with rivers rather than with the sea, as happens in Europe. Also, as in West African beliefs about river goddesses, the Caribbean mermaid grants wealth and material success at the expense of fertility or happiness in marriage.

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