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Poll: Do "mammy water" spirits actually exist?

No, it's a myth: 39% (55 votes)
Yes, it's reality: 60% (83 votes)
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Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by MamyWota: 11:51am On Oct 04, 2006
Do you have any real life stories on mermaids or "Mammy Water" as they are locally called?

I am writing a story on the topic and need real life experiences, whether they exist or not. Thanks
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by Free(f): 2:22pm On Oct 06, 2006
well witches exist
so why not mammy water? grin cheesy
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by whytee(f): 4:07pm On Oct 06, 2006
why not visit the Bar Beach from 12midnight anyday. u can get more real facts from there
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by Ndipe(m): 5:24am On Dec 26, 2006
I have heard of their existence, but how can it be proven? I even heard from some relatives about a certain girl who was kidnapped by mamywater, and was subsequently released. A childhood friend of mine told me that her elder sister was stoned by mamywater and she sustained a wound. I highly doubt if they exist, and would relegate such stories as fables, meant to either entertain or scare individuals. Not that I don't believe in the existence of evil forces, but as for mamywater, their existence get as e be.

One story that I heard is that you could be 'lucky' to stumble upon one at the stream. The version is that they are afraid of human beings, and usually, when you see them, they are usually engrossed in taking care of their hair. Upon seeing you, they will flee into the river, leaving behind their combs and other belongings. If you take any of their items, they will harrass you in your dream, pleading with you to return it, in exchange for any amount of money in the world. Of course, the end of the story is that, you could capitalize that as a one way ticket to riches.


Fables indeed!!!
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by snazzydawn(f): 1:33am On Jan 07, 2007
ndipe, I am surprised that you doubt their existence. I am sure you are an eyen Akwa Ibom, you should believe that they exist cos they actually do.

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Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by Ndipe(m): 10:15am On Jan 07, 2007
Being an "Eyen" Akwa Ibom, does not mean that I have to fall hook line and sinker to the mamy water story. I schooled at Obot Idim which is very close to some streams in the Afaha village. I used to go to the stream to fetch water, as a junior student, and never, I repeat, never did I witness any surreal experience at the stream, even at evening time.

Have you ever seen these mermaids before? Dont get me wrong, I believe in the existence of evil, but that mermaid story sef, get as e be. How true are these stories that if you see a mermaid combing her hair, she will get startled, and then dash to the river, leaving behind her hair accessories? And if you even leave with her stuff, she will haunt you in your dreams? How true is it that when they 'kidnap' you to their abode, at the bottom of the river (a miracle that you wont drown in the first place), that you will serve them for some years, before you are being released? Please educate me. I don see things for my eye, but that stories surrounding the existence of mermaids eluded me, till I moved abroad. If there are no verifiable proofs, then it should be shelved side by side with the great book of fables and myths of the Greek legend. That way, one can also point out the contribution of Akwa Ibom State in Nigerian mythology.

P/S: If they do exist, I don't even want to see them!!!
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by mamaput(f): 1:15pm On Jan 07, 2007
I do not know if we have them at all.
All i know is that when i was at school and someone shouts mammy water everyone will run.
And i will run with them.#
I never stayed beheind to see if it was true
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by ikamefa(f): 2:35am On Jan 08, 2007
singing Victor Uwaifo's song cheesy

if you see mammy water oh!

if you see mammy water oh!

never! never! you run away!

eh! eh! eh!

never! run away!, grin
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by richylaw(m): 12:20am On May 31, 2007
Never seen one , but it's believed that they exist.
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by uchetobi(f): 3:01pm On May 31, 2007
of course they exist
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by tasiana(m): 3:03pm On May 31, 2007
whytee:

why not visit the Bar Beach from 12midnight anyday. u can get more real facts from there

good point.
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by centuar: 3:30pm On May 31, 2007
Haven't seen one either but I'm sure they exist.Hell, Spiritualists even talk about marine spirits disturbing girls and stuff(You might want to look for Elechi Amadi-Author of The Concubine) or try going to the Beach at Eket and spend the night there-Warning-there hav been cases of disappearances though.

But Seriously I think they exist-let me know if u eventually find one
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 3:34pm On May 31, 2007
Mammy water - a legendary sea creature having the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.

You want to know if they exist? well . . .

~~ I am heading to the indain ocean right away and will be back with some news ~~ cool
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 3:46pm On May 31, 2007
Take a look grin

Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 3:49pm On May 31, 2007
Another one grin

Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 3:50pm On May 31, 2007
One common thing though is that mermaids are mostly presented as white chicks
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 3:56pm On May 31, 2007
wink wink wink

Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by neowelsh(m): 4:10pm On May 31, 2007
smiley yeah mammy water is for real. when i was in ogbe primary school effurun, warri. the creature called mamaid came out one hot afternoon to dry her skin by the side of the river, that was the first time i saw her, so beautiful. they are for real and exist as u and me. ok  lipsrsealed
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 4:18pm On May 31, 2007
@neo_welsh

Mammy water in waffi? What was her age like, was she black?

Please answer
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by tasiana(m): 4:19pm On May 31, 2007
how come this one in the pics youngies posted is not beautiful
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by youngies(m): 4:42pm On May 31, 2007
is not as beautiful as the ones you have seen?
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by neowelsh(m): 4:53pm On May 31, 2007
Mermaid are for real. as u can see.

Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by RichDad1(m): 5:35pm On May 31, 2007
@ Youggies,
I beg where i fit get one?I want to marry am
N:B na Black american i want oooo(like Ashanti) because i see say all this one here na white chicks grin .One more thing make sure say she get phone# i beg i know say you know there crib well well, shocked
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by Orikinla(m): 7:47pm On May 31, 2007
The Ogbanje in Igbo is the evidence of Mammy Water.

When the fallen angels were cast down from heaven with Lucifer, many of them were scattered in the air, rivers, seas, ponds, lakes, forest, valleys, mountains, etc. And they had intimate relationships with humans and gave birth to a corruption of both devils and humans such as mermaids and mermen.

My father communicated with them. And my mother saw a mermaid.
I have seen those possessed by Mammy Water spirits manifesting.
My father was one of them. And he took me along to midnight invocations at the seaside in Lagos.
My father always said we came from the water. But I rejected every lie of the devil.

A neighbour met a white blonde at the Bar Beach on the Victoria Island in Lagos as she was drawing strange figures and letters in the sand. He told her about me and she later came to visit me. We were very close and understood each other like twins. But I was suspicious of how she came to me, so I never even kissed her or slept with her until she left.

I have had other strange encounters.
Because, I was an Ogbanje before I went for deliverance.

Another strange evidence was the case of my elder sister who was only 12 when my mother sent her on an errand during the Nigerian civil war and she did not return until past midnight. My mother asked her how she crossed the river that everyone must cross by canoe or boat to get to our village, and she replied that when she got to the river at night and did not see any of the canoe men, she crossed the river. Our elders said it was impossible for anyone that cannot swim to cross the river and it was even more dreadful to swim across it in the night. They told my mother that she had been taken by the marine spirits and only returned to deliver the message my mother sent her to fetch. And she died some weeks later.

Mammy Water spirits have possessed many of our female children and some of them have confessed their relationships with marine spirits.

I know a friend that the beautiful and wealthy girlfriend confessed that she was from the marine kingdom. My friend fled from her.

Mammy Water spirits are common in the littoral states in Nigeria.
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by olutomiwa(m): 8:26pm On May 31, 2007
he dey exist o,no be there our soldiers dey go take tombo and kain kain?abi no be mammy water get d place wey dem dey call mammy market?ol boy d thn dey exist o.
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by olutomiwa(m): 8:38pm On May 31, 2007
he  dey exist o,no be there our soldiers dey go take tombo and kain kain?abi no be mammy water get d place wey dem dey call mammy market?ol boy d thn dey exist o.
Rich Dad:

@ Youggies,
I beg where i fit get one?I want to marry am
N:B na Black american i want oooo(like Ashanti) because i see say all this one here na white chicks grin .One more thing make sure say she get phone# i beg i know say you know there crib well well, shocked
see your face you wan drag wife wid me?abeg name go marry am.
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by mrmayor(m): 9:49pm On May 31, 2007
As a Rivers man,I grew up with "Mammy Water" stories,you couldn't get away from those scary stories even if you want to,the are a lot more scary characters more than Mammy Water,they are all classified as "OWU".Now that I have grown up and examined those stories on their merit I now know that its all fairy tales,no different from stories about animals talking and cooking soups.Mammy Water is NOT REAL.

@Orikinla,

I'm not surprised you have an interesting tale to tell,of course you come from the river!! What next you are married to a Space Alien!! tongue
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by BillGatesFan(m): 10:07pm On May 31, 2007
there exist. Stop douthing
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by Ndipe(m): 10:45pm On May 31, 2007
I take back my words. They exist, and I can now recall seeing some women in Church being possessed of the "mammy water spirit". Orikinla, thanks.
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by romeo(m): 12:26am On Jun 01, 2007
crap
crap
crap

na wetin dey kill our tourism for bar beach be that, i think it's time we get modern and forget all this crap about evil spirits. damn it
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by ashantegal(f): 2:49am On Jun 01, 2007
yes i definitely feel mr mayor and romeo this is all nonscense!! we defin. need to get modern and stop thinking backwards, some people don't even believe in God but dey believe in mammy water, rift raft shocked
Re: Mammy Water: Myth Or Reality? by Tornadoz(m): 3:12am On Jun 01, 2007
I have mammy water next to me here.
The one sleeping beside me whose legs are glued together tonight must be a mermaid.
I did everything to prise her legs open-no luck.

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