LIFESTYLE: Ananse and his new wife – An introduction to Adinkra symbols

Ananse and His New Wife is a fun narrated Akan tale in which I will try to get you more acquainted with the popular Adinkra symbols.

The word “Adinkra” is an Akan word (in Ghana) which means “Farewell” or “Goodbye”, and these symbols were printed on fabrics that were to be worn on funerals to pay the last respects with subtle underlying messages.

Now Adinkra symbols are symbols that represent certain concepts and/or ideas, which were created by the Akans of Ghana and also by the Gyaman of Côte D’Ivoire in the early 1800’s for communication purposes.

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