Tomorrow's plan includes a visit to this exhibition of images of Mami Wata, an African water spirit, at the National Museum of African Art. The show got an amazing review in today's New York Times, complete with excellent slide show. Mami Wata is a fierce spirit, "at once beautiful, protective, seductive, and dangerous . . .She is at once a nurturing mother; sexy mama; provider of riches; healer of physical and spiritual ills; and embodiment of dangers and desires, risks and challenges, dreams and aspirations, fears and forebodings."
Here is some of what Times reviewer Holland Cotters says about this show: '
It’s as rousing as a drum roll, as piquant as a samba, as sexy as Césaria Évora’s voice. It’s about glitter and tears, bawdy jokes and baskets of flowers, miracles and mysteries, money in hand and affairs of the heart. It’s about standing at the edge of the sea at dawn and watching a world re-born. In that world no one walks; everyone dances and swims; everyone, that is, who has taken the plunge into Mami Wata’s realm.