The Adinkra Symbols – Sesa Wo Suban “Transform your character”


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Symbol of life transformation  This symbol combines two separate adinkra symbols, the “Morning Star” which can mean a new start to the day, placed inside the wheel, representing rotation or independent movement

The Adinkra Symbols – Nyame Ye Ohene “God is King”


Symbol of the majesty and supremacy of God

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The Adinkra Symbols – Akoma


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The Akoma Adinkra symbol looks exactly like a heart, but it represents more. The akoma “heart” symbol represents patience, goodwill, faithfulness, endurance and tolerance. According to the Agbo people group, when a person is said to “have a heart in his stomach,” that person is very tolerant.

The Akoma symbol is very popular in weddings throughout Ghana, and it’s not hard to see why.

-Courtesy of http://blog.africaimports.com/wordpress/2009/06/famous-adinkra-symbols-akoma-symbol/

 

The Adinkra Symbols – DUAFE


DUAFE: The wooden combDuafe symbol

Symbol of beauty and cleanliness; symbols of desirable feminine qualities

The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in “The Adinkra Dictionary” and “The Values of Adinkra Symbols”; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one’s best and good hygiene. In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair

The Adinkra Symbols – GYE NYAME


GYE NYAME: ‘ Except God (I fear none).’

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Symbol of the omnipotence and the omnipresence of God. (Fear no one, except God.)

From the Akan aphorism “Abode santann yi firi tete; obi nte ase a onim ne ahyease, na obi ntena ase nkosi ne awie, gye Nyame.”

Literal translation: “This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial; no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end, except God.”

The symbol reflects the Akan belief of a supreme being, the creator who they refer to by various names, e.g., Oboadee, Nyame, Onyankopon Twereampon .