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Adinkra symbols are a unique expression of African heritage.
Origins and History
Adinkra is a visual symbol with historical and philosophical significance originally printed on cloth, which royals wore to important ceremonies. The symbols are from West Africa, created by the Gyaman people, in what is now the present-day country of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in western Africa. The term Adinkra came from the legendary king of the Gyaman, Nani Kofi Adinkra, who wore clothes with colorful patterns made up of symbols with special meanings.
King Adinkra was defeated and captured in battle by the ancient Asante people for having copied the "Golden Stool". The Golden Stool is the Asante royal throne which was said to have descended from the heavens and landed on the lap of the first Asante king and represents absolute power and tribal cohesion. King Adinkra was killed, his territory annexed by the neighboring Asante kingdom, and the patterns on his clothes were taken by the Asante as their own.
Saturated with meaning, these symbols have come to symbolize the richness of Akan culture and serve as a shorthand for communicating deep truths in visual form. As an example, the fact that most universities in Ghana use at least one Adinkra symbol in their logo demonstrates the gravitas their use has come to symbolize.
Creating Adinkra Symbols
Adinkra symbols express various themes that relate to the history and beliefs of the Asante and usually have a rich proverbial meaning since proverbs play an important role in their culture. Designs were originally made by cutting a pattern in a calabash gourd and then stamping the print on a piece of colorful fabric. The deep brown ink originally used, adinkra aduru, is created by boiling the bark of the Badie tree with scraps of iron. Adinkra symbols continue to evolve to this day depicting historical events, technological improvements, and changes to Ghanaian culture.
Ancient and Modern Day Uses
Adinkra can be translated to "goodbye" or "farewell" in Asante Twi, a language spoken in Ghana by approximately 17-18 million people. At one time, Adinkra cloth and symbols were only worn and displayed during funerals. The symbols signified their sorrow and acted as a way to bid farewell to the deceased.
Modern Day Usage
Nowadays, Adinkra is not exclusively won by the Asante people and is worn at a variety of social gatherings and special occasions, such as weddings, festivals, and naming ceremonies. The symbols have been used to decorate accessories other than cloth by artists, carpenters, and architects. Throughout Ghana and elsewhere, Adinkra can be seen on fabrics, walls, pottery, and even corporate logos.