The NyamiNyami symbol is a mythical snake like creature that lives in the great Zambezi River in Southern Africa. Zambia and Zimbabwe share this poignant story about a River God that was separated from his family when the great Kariba dam was built. After the river was blocked Nyami Nyami was cut off from his family. What is interesting about this myth is that traditionally snakes are seen, by most African cultures, as an evil presence. Nyaminyami, however, is said to have allowed locals to cut from his own flesh in times of hunger, to feed the local peoples. This strange behavior from a snake like creature with a fish head, is at odds with most African beliefs. In most cultures, including western culture (think about the garden of Eden), the snake is blamed for most of the troubles that happen. It is a contradiction that black people would revere Nyaminyami - they are terrified of snakes.
Nyaminyami the Zimbabwe water god is revered by people from Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you bungee jump at Victoria falls you will probably get a wooden Nyami Nyami pendant. You can also buy silver Nyaminyami pendants.
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