The word Aguanile comes from the Afro Cuban religion known as La Regla de Ocha or Lukumi better known around the world as Santeria. Aguanile has its roots from the Yoruba language and culture of modern day Nigeria and the Afro Cuban Lukumi culture. In the traditional Cuban Toque to the Nago Santo "Orisha" Lwa one hears the phrase Aguanile Mai Mai. The term Aguanile Mai Mai although often inproperly broken down and translated to mean Water to my House, Mother Mother is in actuality meant to be broken down to. "Aguan". A spiritual cleansing or the woven basket made of palm fronds and carried on the head with offerings to the African Gods. "Ile" which is the Afro Cuban Lukumi word for, House. While Mai Mai, which is infact a Afro Caribbean word for Mother, Mami or Mai. The word for water in Lukumi is Omi.
The song has become very popular when perform cleansing and purification rituals emvolving water, herbs and a spiritual bromm or cleansing the home, the body and ones surroundings.