West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

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NSOROMMA

"child of the heavens [stars] "

symbol of guardianship

A reminder that God is the father and watches over all people.

NKONSONKONSON

"chain link"

symbol of unity and human relations

A reminder to contribute to the community, that in unity lies strength

ESE NE TEKREMA

"the teeth and the tongue"

symbol of friendship and interdependence

The teeth and the tongue play interdependent roles in the mouth. They may come into conflict, but they need to work together.

FUNTUNFUNEFU-
DENKYEMFUNEFU

"Siamese crocodiles"

symbol of democracy and unity

The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.

DWENNIMMEN

"ram's horns"

symbol of humility together with strength

The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

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