American Gods Wiki
American Gods Wiki

Again, a moment of double-vision: Shadow saw the old woman, her dark face pinched with age and disapproval, but behind her he saw something huge, a naked woman with skin as black as a new leather jacket, and lips and tongue the bright red of arterial blood. Around her neck were skulls, and her many hands held knives, and swords, and severed heads.

Shadow, Chapter Six

Mama-ji is Kali, one of the Old Gods, and a character in American Gods.

Significance in narrative[]

Chapter Six[]

Mama-ji attends the meeting of the Old Gods in Valaskjalf, Odin's old hall, in Wednesday's mind. Wednesday is upset that there aren't as many people waiting for them in the hall as he expected. Mr. Nancy steps up as the "warm-up" man and tells the crowd of Old Gods a story about how he stole Tiger's balls and blamed it on Old Monkey, which is why to this day, Tiger chases monkeys. Wednesday next stands before the people gathered. He gives them a speech about how the New Gods are growing in America and it is now time for the Old Gods to act.

Mama-ji gets into an argument with Wednesday, saying they only have to wait for the New Gods to die out like the ones of the past. Wednesday tells them all they have already lost everything and he is offering them the change to take something back. The fire burns out and the meeting ends.

Afterward, Shadow drives Mama-ji and two other gods to the restaurant where Wednesday will be wining and dining them. Mama-ji asks Shadow what he thinks of Wednesday's plans and Shadow tells her it's not his job to ask questions.

Chapter Eighteen[]

At Rock City, Czernobog, Anansi, Kali, and many others continue to gather for the war between the Old Gods and the New Gods.

Physical appearance[]

Mama-ji is described as an old woman with dark skin and salt-and-pepper hair. She has a blue jewel on her forehead and a necklace of tiny silver skulls and a charm bracelet of heads and hands. She wears a red sari and smelled of spices and flowers.


Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Graphic novel

Notes and trivia[]

  • Kali is a Hindu goddess of Time (time, change, power, creation, preservation, and destruction).
  • Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab created a perfume oil inspired by Mama-Ji for their "American Gods" line. It is described as: Spices, cardamom, nutmeg, and flowers