Adinkra symbols

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Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa, that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics, pottery, logos and advertising. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. Fabric adinkra are often made by woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. Adinkra symbols appear on some traditional akan gold weights. 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 jewelry.

The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment. There are many different symbols with distinct meanings, often linked with proverbs. In the words of Anthony Appiah, they were one of the means in a pre-literate society for "supporting the transmission of a complex and nuanced body of practice and belief".

Symbols in this category:

Abe Dua

Palm Tree

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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) (chemical formula (C8H8)x· (C4H6)y·(C3H3N)z) is a common thermoplastic. Its glass transition temperature is approximately 105 °C (221 °F). ABS is amorphous and therefore has no true melting point.

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Adikrahene Dua

Adinkra King Stamp

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Adinkrahene

Chief of the adinkra symbols.

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Adwera

Watery Shrub

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Akoben

War horn

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Akofena

Sword of war

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Akokonan

The leg of a hen.

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Akoma

The heart

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Akoma Ntoso

Linked hearts

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Ani Bere

Seriousness

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Asase Ye Duru

The Earth is heavy.

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Bese Saka

Sack of cola nuts.

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Bi Nka Bi

No one should bite the other

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Biribi Wo Soro

There is something in the Heavens

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Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo

Help me and let me help you

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Dabi Me Nsoro-Mo Bepue

My star will shine one day.

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Dame Dame

Name of a board game.

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Denkyem

Crocodile

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Duafe

Wooden Comb

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Dwennimmen

Ram's horns

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Epa

Handcuffs

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Ese Ne Tekrema

The teeth and the tongue

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Fawohodie

Independence

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Fihankra

House/compound

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Flag of Iraq

The flag of Iraq (Arabic: علم العراق‎) includes the three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation Flag. This basic tricolor has been in use since 1963, with several changes to the green symbols in the central white stripe; the most recent version bears the Takbir rendered in green.

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Fofo

Yellow flowered plant

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Gye Nyame

Except from God.

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Hwemudua

Measuring stick

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Hye Won Hye

That which does not burn.

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Kae Me

Remember Me

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Kontire Ne Akwamu

Seal of Law and Order

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Krado

Seal of Law and Order

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Kramo Bone

The bad make it difficult for the good to be noticed.

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Kuntinkantan

Puffed up extravagance

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Kwatakye Atiko

Hair style of an Asante war captain

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Mate Masie

What I hear, I keep

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Me Ware Wo

I shall marry you

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Mframadan

Wind-resistant house

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Mmere Dane

Time changes

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Mmra Krado

Seal of Law and Order

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Mmusuyidee

That which removes bad luck

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Mpatapo

Knot of reconciliation

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Mpuannum

Five tufts (of hair)

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Nea Onnim no Sua A Ohu

He who does not know can know from learning

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Nea Ope Se Nkrofoo Ye Ma Wo No, Ye Saa Ara Ma Won

Do to others the things you want them to do to for you.

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Nea Ope Se Obedi Hene

He who wants to be king.

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Nkontim

Hair of the Queen's Servant

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Nkyimu

The crossed divisions make on adinkra cloth before stamping

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Nnonnowa

Double Drum

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Nsaa

A type of hand-woven fabric

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Nsoromma

Child of the heavens (stars).

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Nyame Biribi Wo Soro

God is in the heavens

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Nyame Dua

Tree of god or alter.

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Nyame Nnwu Na Mawu

God never dies therefore I cannot die.

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Nyame Nti

By God's grace

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Nyansapo

Wisdom knot

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Odo Nyera Fie Kwan

Love never loses its way home.

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Ohene Tuo

The King's Gun

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Okodee Mmowere

The talons of the eagle.

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Okuafo Pa

Good Farmer

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Onyakopon Ne Yen Ntena

May God be with us.

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Onyankopon Adom Nti Biribiara Beye Yie

By God's grace, all will be well.

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Osram Ne Nsoromma

The Moon and the Star

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Owia Kokroko

Greatness of the sun

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Owo Foro Adobe

Snake climbing the raffia tree.

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Owuo Atwedee

The ladder of death

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Owuo Kum Nyame

Death Killed God

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Pa Gya

Striking of Fire

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Pempamsie

Sew in readiness.

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Sankofa

Go back and get it.

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Sesa Wo Suban

Change or transform your character

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Sesa Woruban

Change your life

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Sunsum

The Soul

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Tamfo Bebre

The enemy will stew in his own juice.

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Tumi Te Se Kosua

Power is like an Egg

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Tuo Ne Akofena

Gun and State Sword

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Wawa Aba

Seed of the wawa tree

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Wo Nsa Da Mu A

If your hands are in the dish

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Woforo Dua Pa A

When you climb a good tree.

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Wuforo Dua Pa A

When You Climb a Good Tree

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