MAMI WATA | MOTHER WATER
The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center presents
THE SACRED AFRICAN FEMININE WATER SPIRIT
Free and Open to the Public
OPENING RECEPTION BEGINS FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Hors D'ouevres and Lowcountry Boil Sampler
[A cast away at sea and nearly drowning three times]
"I have come to the conclusion I shall never have a watery grave." ~Susie King Taylor in Reminiscences, 1902
MAMI WATA, pidgin English for MOTHER WATER or MAMMY WATER, is a body of beliefs, practices, and arts of the water/Spirit/goddess that originated in West and Central Africa and survived in the African Diaspora of the Atlantic World. As a Geechee-Gullah woman from Isle of Wight-Midway, Georgia who lived in close proximity to creeks, swamps, rivers, and Atlantic Ocean, what did Susie believe? Did her mother Hagar and grandmother Dolly teach her rituals? Were there agricultural rituals? Moon rituals? Were there wata rituals, prayers, and offerings to God/Goddess to protect the Geechee people from the rising tides of the Cay and Jones Creek or the Medway and Jerico Rivers. What were her rituals, songs, dancing about Mami Wata in her cultural memory?
The 2018 Susie King Taylor MAMI WATA RISING CONFERENCE™ is the first conference ever in the world that advances the scholarship, memory, and honor of American Civil War heroine of freedom, patriot, nurse, teacher, washer woman, domestic servant, club leader, writer, and early social justice activist Susie King Taylor. This conference will:
Commemorate the 156th anniversary of Susie King Taylor’s escape from slavery on the Grest Island Plantation on April 13, 1862.
Celebrate and explore the possible relationships between Susie King Taylor and the historical, and modern depictions of Mami Wata in various faith and spirituality traditions, metaphysical and embryonic development, resistance and liberation in world literature, mythology, biblical allegories, artistic expressions and/or religious iconography in the African diaspora.
Accommodate everyone including researchers, scholars, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, theologians, sociologists, cultural workers, genealogists, artists, and the general public-at-large.
To be baptized / Recall / Return Recover / Rediscover
Mother /Mami / Wata
Wade in the Water
Yemanja / Mami Wata / Oshun
Mother /Mami / Wata
By Jamil el-Shair
Susie King Taylor
August 3 - 4, 2018 | Midway, Georgia
MAMI WATA RISING
For more information about the Susie King Taylor Mami Wata Rising Conference, call 1-912-884-3605 or email