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Abode Santann Adinkra

Abode Santann

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Description of Abode Santann

The omnipresence of the Divine Creator is represented by the Abode Santann, which is also referred to as the all-seeing eye. The image depicts an eye that is surrounded by eight points, which stand for the eight directions that can be found on a compass. The people of Akan believe that God sees and knows everything, and this symbol serves as a reminder of God’s ever-present watchfulness over everything that happens in the world. The Akan people have a strong faith in the Divine Creator, and the Abode Santann serves as a potent reminder of that faith. It is frequently utilized in prayer and religious ceremonies.

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Adinkra Symbols The Adinkra symbols come from West Africa, specifically a region that is modern-day Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The symbols belonged to the Asante (or Ashanti) peoples, who would print them on cloth, as well as pottery and metalwork. The Asante people resisted British colonial rule when it arrived in West Africa. It may be for this reason that much cultural tradition and symbolism survives to this day. The word ‘adinkra’ means ‘farewell’ or ‘goodbye’ in the Twi language, spoken by the Asante people. For this reason, Adinkra cloth was worn often on special occasions, particularly funerals. The Adinkra symbols are closely tied to the history, beliefs and traditions of the Asante people. Each symbol represents a small number of simple concepts, meaning that Adinkra cloth would traditionally be printed using bespoke patterns, telling a story about the wearer that could be read by those knowledgeable enough to understand the underlying symbolism. The Adinkra symbols, and their meanings, have survived to the present day. Cloth displaying Adinkra symbols is now mass-produced in bright colors, using modern techniques and is very popular both in Africa and the wider world. This is not to say that the traditional weaving and printing methods have died out. It is still possible to find Adinkra cloth that has been made by hand, printed using natural inks and traditional techniques.

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