Have you ever heard of Adinkra symbols? They are really cool. I found out about them yesterday after spotting a few odd symbols on the back of our Divine chocolate advent calendar. The cocoa beans are grown in West Africa, which is where these symbols come from.
The Adinkras are used to express the different values that are important to the people who use them, for example one means courage, another means unity, ect. There are many of these symbols.
The symbols are hundreds of years old. They are said to have originated from Gyaman, a former kingdom in today’s Côte D’Ivoire. Nana Kofi Adinkra was the ruler of this Kingdom, he created the symbols because he used to wear the patterns on his clothes.
Nowadays the Adinkras are printed onto cloth and worn during traditional ceremonies in tribes in West Africa, mostly in Ghana and around the Ivory Coast.
I thought that the symbols are a little bit like Botho. The people live by these symbols because they represent the values that they find important. I picked one of these symbols that I found important to me and my family: Osram Ne Nsoromma.
Osram Ne Nsoromma, translating as ‘the star and the moon’. This Adinkra means harmony. All families should live in harmony and my family and I really try. We believe that we should all be there for each other and think of the other members of the family before ourselves.
Harmony leads to peace and when the world lives in peace there will be no more bloodshed, which means no grieving and sadness and no feeling of needing to take revenge.
I did a craft project on this symbol, it was really fun.
First I drew the shape onto a piece of wood, then I banged pins around the outline, leaving about half an inch ( 1.3 centimetres) between each one. Finally I weaved wool around the pins, in and out, in and out, in and out. It looks quite pretty doesn’t it?