Folklore: First mermaid stories were brought here by African slaves. Black mermaids were treated like goddesses, people worshipped them. They were strong, could cause storms, they could be benevolent and bless your fishing harvest. "Orisha Yemayá" by Laura Alvarez
My line: Fermina Gómez (Ocha Bi, timbelese Olodumare) was a priest of Yemaya and a child of the two waters (Ochun and Yemaya). She is credited with bringing the secrets of Olokun to Cuba from Africa. She is also known as the founder of one of the largest ramas or branches of the Lucumi/Santeria religion, the Egwado (named after her village in Africa). Ferminita was Madrina to Alfredo Calvo, her last surviving godchild. She lived to be 107. Her spiritual name, Ocha Bi, means "Ocha is here."