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Description of Ani Bere
The phrase “No matter how red-eyed one becomes (i.e. how serious one becomes), his eyes do not spark flames” is the meaning behind the Ani Bere symbol. It exemplifies the virtues of patience, self-control, self-discipline, and self-containment. Even in the face of severe provocation, one should be able to keep their cool and resist the urge to lose their temper. This is the meaning of the phrase “keep your cool.” It highlights the significance of maintaining composure and self-control even in trying circumstances, as well as the necessity of keeping one’s attention on the task at hand. This symbol is meant to serve as a gentle reminder that one’s actions and feelings should not be determined by the circumstances that surround them.
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Adinkra main description
Adinkra SymbolsThe 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.