beautiesofafrique:

Original image of Mami Wata (left); mass produced image of Mami Wata found all over Africa and the Caribbean (right).

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Mami Wata (Mammy Water) is venerated in West, Central, Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Caribbean and parts of North and South America. Mami Wata spirits are usually female, but are sometimes male

The appearance of her hair ranges from straight, curly to kinky black and combed straight back. “Mami Wata” where “Mami” is the Pidgin English spelling of mammy (mother) “Wata” is the Pidgin English spelling of water is essentially a mermaid or humanistic water entity.

Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body (often nude) and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent. In other tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance (though never human). The existence and spiritual importance of Mami Wata is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of the coastal southeastern Nigerians (Efik, Ibibio and Annang people). Mami Wata often carries expensive baubles such as combs, mirrors, and watches. A large snake (symbol of divination and divinity) frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts. Other times, she may try to pass as completely human, wandering busy markets or patronising bars. She may also manifest in a number of other forms, including as a man.] In the Yoruba tradition, the mother goddess Yemaja has been recently associated with Mami Wata in popular culture Traders in the 20th century carried similar beliefs with them from Senegal to as far as Zambia. As the Mami Wata traditions continues to re-emerge, native water deities were subsumed into it.

According to Bastian, Mami Wata’s association with sex and lust is somewhat paradoxically linked to one with fidelity. According to a Nigerian tradition, male followers may encounter the spirit in the guise of a beautiful, sexually promiscuous woman, such as a prostitute. In Nigerian popular stories, Mami Wata may seduce a favoured male devotee and then show herself to him following coitus. She then demands his complete sexual faithfulness and secrecy about the matter. Acceptance means wealth and fortune; rejection spells the ruin of his family, finances, and job

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posted 2 days ago on 8/26/2014 + 206 notes
#black history #Mami Wata #The More You Know!



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posted 2 days ago on 8/26/2014 + 211 notes
#rotfl foreeeever #truefacts #Pandemic Inc #video games #iaddedarainbow



jaythenerdkid:

undeadseanbean:

nonhoration:

earthlydreams:

This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

#when will people start giving names to young non-white scientists??#bc that shit is getting old

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

jaythenerdkid:

undeadseanbean:

nonhoration:

earthlydreams:

This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

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posted 2 days ago on 8/25/2014 + 206286 notes
#yes. this. #signal boost #Duro-Aina Adebola #Akindele Abiola #Faleke Oluwatoyin #Bello Eniola #Nigeria #Badass Ladies! #science



dogged-down:

Well hello Manish Dayal!!

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posted 3 days ago on 8/25/2014 + 3174 notes
#Manish Dayal #why are you so attractive?



cupidsbower:

Is it my imagination, or does he have kind of were-teeth happening in the bottom right gif? Have we seen his teeth in other scenes? Most people don’t have canines on the bottom row of teeth. And he’s being aggressive here, and trying to keep the situation calm.

Hmmm. Parrish, what are you?

OMFG I DON’T EVEN WATCH THIS SHOW ANYMORE.

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posted 3 days ago on 8/25/2014 + 1989 notes
#deputy parrish #I Need To Know #teen wolf



materiajunkie:

"Curing AIDS? Shit, that’s like Cadillac making a car that lasts for 50 years. And you know they can do it, but they ain’t going to do nothing that fucking dumb. Shit, they got metal on the Space Shuttle that can go around the Moon and withstand  temperatures of up to 20,000 degrees, you mean to tell me you don’t think they can make an El Dorado with a fuckin’ bumper that don’t fall off?"

- Chris Rock (“Bigger and Blacker”, 1999)

I love me some Chris Rock. He’s always speaking that unapologetic truth.

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posted 3 days ago on 8/25/2014 + 96322 notes
#Amen #Chris Rock #truefacts



tashabilities:

Say it, please

tashabilities:

Say it, please

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posted 3 days ago on 8/25/2014 + 24639 notes
#Amen #Where'd that soapbox go? #whitewashing history #dear white people #this is bullshit #Exodus #whitewashing



dmv420bulgelovin:

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dmv420bulgelovin:

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posted 3 days ago on 8/24/2014 + 20247 notes
#yes. this. #Amen #body positive #words of wisdom



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#DO. WANT. #i need this in my life #alternate universes are the best kind of universes #teen wolf



juliedillon:

This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren. 
Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!

juliedillon:

This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren. 

Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!

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posted 4 days ago on 8/24/2014 + 19343 notes
#yes. this. #gorgeous art is gorgeous