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Popular Adinkra Symbols And Their Meaning.

Adinkra symbols are from Ghana that represents concept. Adinkra are mostly used in fabrics, logos and pottery. The symbols are also carved on stools for domestic and ritual use. Tourism has led to new departures in the use of the symbols in items such as T-shirt and jewellery. Before you continue like and follow me to get notified whenever I make another post.

  1. Gye Nyame ( Except For God ). Gye Nyame which means, except forGod, symbolises God’s omnipotence through the knowledge that people should not fear anything except for God. Gye Nyame indicates the recognition of the supremacy of God over all beings and therefore is the one that is feared and revered by all.
  2. Sankofa ( Retrieve ) Sankofa (pronounced SAHN-koh-fah) is a word in the Akan-Twi and Fante language of Ghana that translates to “retrieve” and also refers to the Bono Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylised heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while it’s feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth. Sankofa is always associated with the proverb “ Se wo were fi na wosankofa yenkyi” or “Sankofa w’onkyir” which translate as “ it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” It implores for Africans to reach back into ancient history for traditions and customs that have been left behind.
  3. Asase Ye Duru (The Earth Has Weight). Asase ye duru, meaning, the earth has weight, is a symbol that represents power, providence and divinity. The symbol is one of Adinkras, or depiction of important concepts created by the Akan people of Ghana. Asase ur duru emphasises the importance of the earth and it’s preservation. People must respect and nurture the Earth, and should never act in ways that might directly and indirectly harm the Earth. The significant of the Earth to the people of Ghana is evident in the following proverbs. Tumi nyinaa ne asase, meaning All power emanates from the Earth; and asase ye duru kyen epo, meaning the Earth is heavier than the sea. The African Burial honours these principles, as it surrounds itself with natural resources and emphasis the cohesion of death and nature.
  4. Akoben ( War Horn ). Akoben means “war horn”. It is a symbol of a call to action, readiness to be call to action, voluntarism. The war horn was blown to assemble the nation for war. Everybody had to be alert to interpret the message that it was been used to convey so as to respond with the right action.
  5. Adwo (Calmness) Adwo means calmness. It is a symbol for peace, tranquility and quite. Some even say the king needs to have a peaceful mind to govern the nation.

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