Mami Wata translates to “Mother Water” from Pidgin English and is celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic – often depicted as a mermaid or a snake charmer or a combination of both.
Chitapo- Rumors say that evil water spirits lurk in the waters of Africa, particularly in Lakes Kashiba and Mweru in southwest Zambia, in Victoria Falls, and even in the Atlantic Ocean. The people say these creatures, the Chitapo, lure people to the water then swallow them up, never to be seen again. And they don’t discriminate – they snatch men, women, and children.
Anatomical Drawings of Mermaids, Nymphs and Monsters
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid