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Mama Glow or Mama Dlo or Mama Dglo is a water spirit in Trinidad and Tobago folklore.


Etymology

Her name is derived from the French "maman de l' eau" which means "mother of the water"


Description

A half woman, half snake with long flowing hairwhich she combs constantly. Her upper torso is a naked, beautiful woman, the lower part coils into a large form of an anaconda snake that is hidden beneath the water. When she snaps her tail on the surface of a mountain pool or a still lagoon, a loud, cracking sound can be heard several miles around.

Sometimes she takes the form of a beautiful woman 'singing silent songs on still afternoons, sitting at the water's edge in the sunlight, lingering for a golden moment, a flash of green - gone. Nothing but a big Morte Bleu, rising in the sun beams.


Family

Mama Dlo is sometimes thought to be the lover of Papa Bois, and old hunters tell stories of coming upon them in the 'High Woods'.


Behavior

Mortal men who commit crimes against the forest, like burning down trees or indiscriminately putting animals to death or fouling the rivers could find themselves married to her for life, both this one and the one to follow.


Powers

If you were to meet Mama Dlo in the forest and wish to escape her, take off your left shoe, turn it upside down and immediately leave the scene, walking backwards until you reach home.


See also