Adinkra Symbols: Used in West Africa to Convey Messages

Written by Jae Jones

There are many symbols used in West Africa to convey messages and values within the community. The Akan and the Asante tribes of West Africa both use Adinkra symbols. Many of these symbols have also been seen as wall designs, on pottery, and into fabrics. The Adinkra symbols of Ghana are timeless and still used today. There are contradictory views as to their origin and age.  The name “Adinkra” can probably be traced back to the word “Dinka” of the Akan/Twi Language, which is spoken by the Ashanti. There are as many as 400 symbols known and used by the Ashanti people.



Adinkra Symbols

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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