Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Cameroonian mermaid
The inspiration for this illustration came from a Cameroonian friend who told me fascinating accounts of the worship of miengu (singular 'jengu'), mermaid-like water deities of the Duala and related ethnic groups in Cameroon.1 My friend also mentioned a similar Mami Wata tradition in neighboring Nigeria.2

Mermaid's accessories are inspired by (but NOT claiming to be an authentic representation of) Duala jewelry from Cameroon and Yoruba jewelry from Nigeria. Marine life in mermaid's environment inspired by (but not intended to be a scientifically accurate representation of ;-) species of underwater life in the Gulf of Guinea.
Available as the following products:
  1. Jengu on Wikipedia
  2. Mami Wata on Wikipedia

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