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Images and EmpiresVisuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa$
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Paul Landau and Susan Griffin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229488

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229488.001.0001

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

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

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Images and Empires
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Henry John Drewal

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229488.003.0008

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

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