January 9th, 2009 by sabrina


Tahbi-yiri is the Fante Goddess of the sea. She lives in a rock near Cape Coast in Ghana, just to the west of the rock where her husband, Tahbi, lives. Tahbi-yiri has the form of a mermaid and white skin with “a woolly head” (one nineteenth century writer’s term for natural Black African hair), while her husband has a human form and black skin. Both of them cause sailors and swimmers near their rocks to drown. Tahbi-yiri’s name means “Tahbi’s wife.”

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