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Rune-like African Symbols: Adinkra

Postby Kassandra » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:35 pm

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Adinkra symbols originate with the Ashanti culture of the West African country of Ghana. Like Nordic runes in European culture, Adinkra symbols are used for divination, talismans, and decoration on buildings, fabric, etc.

Below is a chart defining the meaning of a few (not all --there are many more, from what I understand) Adinkra symbols. Next are examples of real-life applications of the symbols, and finally an informational YouTube video. Enjoy!

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Adinkra Used in Divination

Adinkra rune divination set.jpg
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Photo source: sheloya.ecrater.com/

Sesa Waruban Adinkra.jpg
Sesa Waruban Adinkra.jpg (41.17 KiB) Viewed 5172 times
Oracle cards.
Photo source: avmobley.tumblr.com/post/29941616318/c-aaron-mobley-heart-of-afrika-designs






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Adinkra in Daily Life




Exterior design/Architecture

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The Adinkra-decorated left wing of Golden Tulip Hotel in the city of Kumasi in the country of Ghana, Africa.




Adinkra cement decoration.jpg
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Photo source: adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra/gyen3.htm






Interior Design/Furnishings, etc.

Adinkra stool.jpg
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Stool with symbol as base.
Photo source: 1aakan.weebly.com/modern-day-akan.html







On Modern Clothing

Adinkra t-shirt III.jpg
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Photo source: pinterest.com/source/renewproject.org/
Adinkra t-shirt.jpg
Adinkra t-shirt.jpg (10.93 KiB) Viewed 5182 times
Photo source: cafepress.com/+africa-peace+gifts
Adinkra baseball cap.jpg
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zazzle.com/amiot_gallery_adinka_vieillot_look_hat_embroidered_hat-233492995160852801








On Traditional Clothing

Man wearing Adinkra fabric.jpg
Man wearing Adinkra fabric.jpg (76.97 KiB) Viewed 5185 times
Photo source: afroetic.com/adinkra-symbols/
Creating Adinkra fabric.jpg
Creating Adinkra fabric.jpg (28.89 KiB) Viewed 5185 times
Photo source: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adinkra_printing.jpg








As Jewelry

african-adinkra-charm-necklace-virginia-vivier.jpg
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Adinkra choker.jpg
Adinkra choker.jpg (15.7 KiB) Viewed 5182 times
Photo source: culturedexpressions.com/projectstips/make-projects/








As Body Art

adinkracover.jpg
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Henna on hands.

adinkra body art  III.jpg
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Photo source: lordyatta.tumblr.com/post/6658139249/adinkra-totem-by-lord-yatta

adinkra body art  II.jpg
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Photo source: rattatattoo.com/top-10-tribal-tattoos/adinkra-symbol-tribal-tattoo-supremacy-of-god-body-art-for-men-religious-design/

adinkra body art.jpg
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Adinkra symbols (along spine), combined
with Polynesian design (on shoulders).

Photo source: polynesiantribaltattoo.com/tattoo-type/blackink/





















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Re: Rune-like African Symbols: Adinkra

Postby -Dark-Moon- » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:44 pm

Wow, these are cool !
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Re: Rune-like African Symbols: Adinkra

Postby Kassandra » Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:08 pm

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Yeah, I incorporated them in some artwork, and exhibited the artwork over 10 years ago. Then, I'd forgotten all about them, until recently, when I was doing some research on something else. I was like, "oh, yeah, these." So, I thought I'd share them here. :wink:





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Re: Rune-like African Symbols: Adinkra

Postby -Dark-Moon- » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:39 pm

They are powerful symbols... 'He who wants to be king' is quite interesting to me.
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Re: Rune-like African Symbols: Adinkra

Postby Echo_of_shadows » Thu May 01, 2014 3:18 pm

I've seen some of these before, especially Gye Nyame. During my junior year of high school, I took a course in African art and I remember using some of these in one of our projects. I had no idea that they were used like runes. :o
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Re: Rune-like African Symbols: Adinkra

Postby Kassandra » Thu May 01, 2014 10:26 pm

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Yep. Similar to Nordic rune use, one could use them for divination purposes, or decorate with them to add an auspicious energy to things. That's cool you learned about them in high school.




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