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1 THE UNIVERSE

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These are not just shirts. They are shields, visual African diasporic good luck charms, and positive melanin energy emitters.

While digitally crafting these images, I tried to incorporate the guiding wisdom/teachings of traditional West African Adrinka symbols into each design.

What are Adrinka Symbols?

Adinkra symbols are expressions of Asante philosophy, beliefs and history. These proverbial symbols of wisdom, has origins in the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa. Adinkra symbols depict human behavior, important events, animal behavior, shapes and plants.

Design: The Universe

WOMAN (Adinkra patterns)

KWATAKYE ATIKO ("hairstyle of Kwatakye, a war hero")-bravery, valor.

EBAN( "fence")- love, safety, security.

ABODE SANTANN (“the all seeing eye of the divine creator”)- Completeness/ totality of the universe.

MPATAPO("knot of reconciliation")- peacemaking, reconciliation.

ANANSE NTONTAN("spider's web")- wisdom, creativity.

DAME-DAME (“name of a board game”)-intelligence, ingenuity.

AKOMA("the heart")-patience & tolerance.

SANKOFA(“return and get it")-learn from the past.

NKYINKYIM("twistings")-initiative, dynamism, versatility.

MAN ( Adinkra patterens )

KWATAKYE ATIKO ("hairstyle of Kwatakye, a war hero")-bravery, valor.

DAME-DAME (“name of a board game”)-intelligence, ingenuity.

AKOKONAN("the leg of a hen")-mercy, nurturing.

HYE WONHYE("that which cannot be burnt")-imperishability, endurance.

MMERE DANE("time changes")change, life's dynamics.

ANANSE NTONTAN("spider's web")- wisdom, creativity.

OSRAM NE NSOROMMA("the moon and the star")-love, faithfulness, harmony.

MATE MASIE("what I hear, I keep")-wisdom, knowledge, prudence.

AKOMA NTOSO("linked hearts")understanding, agreement.

HWEMUDUA("measuring stick")examination, quality control.

HYE WONHYE("that which cannot be burnt")-imperishability, endurance.

NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU("he who does not know can know from learning")-knowledge, life-long education.

AKOFENA("sword of war")-courage, valor.

AKOBEN("war horn")-vigilance, wariness.

Source:
West African Wisdom: “Adinkra Symbols & Meanings”
http://www.adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra_index.htm

Adinkra Cloth Symbols – “Asante Wisdom by Aaron Mobley”
https://issuu.com/aaronmobley/docs/adinkra_cloth_symbols_-_asante_wisd