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Adinkra and Eygptian Symbols

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Adinkra (Ghana) Symbols


HWE MU DUA - "measuring stick"

Symbol of examination and quality control. This symbol stresses the need to strive for the best quality, whether in production of goods or in human endeavors.


SANKOFA - "return and get it"

Symbol of importance of learning from the past


NSOROMMA - "child of the heavens [stars]"

Symbol of guardianship; A reminder that God is the father and watches over all people.


GYE NYAME - "except for God"

Symbol of the supremacy of God. Two declarations associated with this symbol are: (1) All just die except for God; and (2) I fear no one except for God.


ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN - "Love never loses its way home"

Symbol of the power of love


WAWA ABA - "seed of the wawa tree"

Symbol of hardiness, toughness and perseverance. The seed of the wawa tree is extremely hard. In Akan culture, it is a symbol of someone who is strong and tough. It inspires the individual to persevere through hardship.


NKONSONKONSON - "chain link"

Symbol of unity and human relations. A reminder to contribute to the community, that in unity lies strength


TAMFO BEBRE - "the enemy will stew in his own juice"

Symbol of jealousy and envy


NKYINKYIM - "twisting"

Symbol of initiative, dynamism, versatility, and transformation.


NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO - "God is in the heavens"

Symbol of hope. A reminder that God's dwelling place is in the heaven, where he can listen to all prayers.


NYAME NNWU NA MAWU - "God never dies, therefore I cannot die."

Symbol of God's omnipresence and the perpetual existence of man's spirit. This signifies the immortality of man's soul, believed to be a part of God. Because the soul rests with God after death, it cannot die.


DAME-DAME - name of a board game

Symbol of intelligence and ingenuity



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.

Eygptian Symbols
Ankh - "life"

Scarab Beetle (a dung beetle) worshipped by the Egyptians as "Khepera", which means, "he was came forth." This creative aspect of the scarab was associated with the creator god Atum. It is a symbol of resurrection and perseverance; taking life's "dung" and bring forth new life/potential/possibilities. Also, Khepera was believed to push the setting sun along the sky in the same manner as the beetle with its ball of dung.

African centered marble
Just a graphic - no particular meaning
African American men
Just a graphic representing the "brothers."
Coalition for African-Centered Rites of Passage



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