ADINKRA DICTIONARY PDF

The Adinkra symbols have been spotted in movies like;. Adinkra are symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms. The historical roots of these symbols date back to the times of the Akan people of Ghana, West Africa. History, philosophy and various religious beliefs were the core factors in the development of these symbols. Their roots stand strong to this day, with many modern-day individuals utilizing them to provide a range of products with definitive meanings. Such industries include Jewelry, Arts, Fashion, and even the world of architecture….

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The Adinkra symbols have been spotted in movies like;. Adinkra are symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms. The historical roots of these symbols date back to the times of the Akan people of Ghana, West Africa.

History, philosophy and various religious beliefs were the core factors in the development of these symbols. Their roots stand strong to this day, with many modern-day individuals utilizing them to provide a range of products with definitive meanings.

Such industries include Jewelry, Arts, Fashion, and even the world of architecture…. This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration, a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people. Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. This symbol is said to have played an inspiring role in the designing of other symbols.

Great leaders are charismatic and this symbol exemplifies the honorable qualities of a good leader. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a reminder that infighting and tribalism are harmful to all who engage in it. The crocodile lives in the water, yet breathes the air, demonstrating an ability to adapt to circumstances. The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

It symbolizes to the Akan that food is a basis of life and that they could not survive if not for the food that God has placed here on Earth for their nourishment. This symbol cautions against provocation and strife. The image is based on two fish biting each other tails. An exhortation to nurture children, but a warning not to pamper them. Typical of Akan Asante architecture, the communal housing compound has only one entrance and exit. The home to the Akan is a special place.

A home which has a fence around it is considered to be an ideal residence. The fence symbolically separates and secures the family from the outside. Because of the security and the protection that a fence affords, the symbol is also associated with the security and safety one finds in love.

Because of its thorns, the raffia tree is a very dangerous challenge to the snake. His ability to climb it is a model of persistence and prudence. This symbol stresses the need to strive for the best quality, whether in a production of goods or in human endeavors. This symbol gets its meaning from traditional priests that were able to walk on fire without burning their feet, an inspiration to others to endure and overcome difficulties. Kojo Arthur. In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.

This symbol reflects the harmony that exists in the bonding between a man and a woman. She is always in the sky waiting for the return of the moon, her husband.

The cola nut played an important role in the economic life of Ghana. A widely-used cash crop, it is closely associated with affluence and abundance. This symbol also represents the role of agriculture and trade in bringing peoples together. Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation.

It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife. Before adinkra cloth is stamped with the symbols, the artisan blocks off the cloth with lines in a rectangular grid using a broad-tooth comb.

This preparation is symbolic of the exacting technique which results in the highest quality product. It, however, discourages all forms of slavery. Symbol of Intelligence and Ingenuity. The teeth and the tongue play interdependent roles in the mouth. They may come into conflict, but they need to work together.

Because the soul rests with God after death, it cannot die. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said. The Akan liken the nature of this plant to a jealous person. A reminder of the transitory nature of existence in this world and of the imperative to live a good life to be a worthy soul in the afterlife.

According to The Adinkra Dictionary, the design of this symbol resembles the links of a chain, and implies strength through unity as well as the importance of being prepared. The crossed swords were a popular motif in the heraldic shields of many former Akan states.

In addition to recognizing courage and valor, the swords can represent legitimate state authority. The eagle is the mightiest bird in the sky, and its strength is concentrated in its talons. The Oyoko clan, one of the nine Akan clans, uses this symbol as their clan emblem.

The symbol has come to represent bravery and fearlessness. It is also given as an earned title to any brave son of an Akan community. Bruce Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary. It is the traditional hairstyle of the priestesses. It also represents the devotion and faithfulness one displays when doing a task required of one. In addition, mpuannum means loyalty or the embodiment of lofty duty to a desired goal.

The seed of the wawa tree is extremely hard. In Akan culture, it is a symbol of someone who is strong and tough. It inspires the individual to persevere through hardship. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. The Nyame Dua is a sacred spot where rituals are performed. Erected in front of the house or compound, it is crafted from a tree that has been cut where three or more branches come together. This stake holds an earthenware vessel filled with water and herbs or other symbolic materials for purification and blessing rituals.

This symbol suggests a reinforced or well-built home — one built to withstand windy and treacherous conditions. It reflects in Asante history a clause in the unwritten constitution of the Golden Stool. Oral accounts say that according to that clause, mud houses in Kumasi must be reinforced with turf.

This reinforcing would cause the house to be sturdier and resistant to unfavorable weather conditions. Bruce Willis. More metaphorically, it means that when you work for a good cause, you will get support. Source: Cloth As Metaphor by G. From the expression that a woman who has a good marriage is said to sleep on a good bed.

See Cloth As Metaphor by G. Kojo Arthur, pp. Symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge Source: Cloth As Metaphor by G. The palm tree is a symbol resourcefulnees because many diverse products emanate from that single tree: wine, oil, brooms, etc.

Several of the symbols in the adinkra cloths record social changes that have been brought about by both external and internal factors. A symbol of serenity, peace, calmness. A symbol of loyalty. A symbol of reception, hospitality. A symbol of tenderness. A symbol of nurturing, provision. A symbol of support, help. The talking drum is a communication device among many cultures in Africa. A symbol of making an impact. Many Cultures associate butterfly with the soul.

A symbol of respect. A symbol of Justice. A symbol of Recognition. A symbol of destiny. A symbol of friendship and interdependence. A symbol of authority, leadership. A symbol of Kingship. A symbol of Worship. Variation of the Symbol of wise leadership, ingenuity, intelligence and patience. Thanks for all the richness; your gallery includes almost all of the symbols to represent themes for my dance group of kids.

Adinra symbols constitute real foundation for a written language.

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Adinkra are symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics, logos and pottery. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. Fabric adinkra ary woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. 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 such items as T-shirts and jewellery. The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment.

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