AKAN ADINKRA CLOTH. An introduction to the Akan culture And their beautiful ceremonial Adinkra Cloth. The story of adinkra is ever-evolving and ever-unfolding. It is a insightful journey. I hope that you will enjoy the journey….
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An introduction to the Akan culture
And their beautiful ceremonial Adinkra Cloth
ever-evolving and ever-unfolding
It is a insightful journey
I hope that you will
enjoy the journey…..
ideographic and pictographic writing systems in their arts in such
media as textiles, metal casting, wood carving, and architecture.
We will study the the decoration of Adinkra cloth using the Akan Symbols.
people. They are the final rites of passage from the world of the living
to that of the “dead” Among the Akan, death is only one more
transition stage in one’s life. In the afterlife, those who have lived
exemplary lives will continue to “live” in a new world and enjoy a
place close to the Supreme Being. A person’s death is mourned as a
loss of a family member but it is also celebrated as the gaining of a
new ancestor. This ancestor lives on in the spirit world.
The wearing of funeral cloths demonstrates a person’s sorrow at
the loss of a family member, friend, or acquaintance. This stamped
cloth used in funerals is called adinkra. The symbols that are stamped
on it are called adinkra symbols.
The adinkra symbols reflect the complexity of traditional Akan social and spiritual existence. These historic Akan symbols depict the panorama of cultural life parables, aphorisms, proverbs, popular sayings and the social standards of the Akan people.
Symbol of pride of state and at the same time a warning against an inflated pride or an inflated ego.
Symbol of UNEQUAL OPPORTUNITY
and UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT
mako nyinaa mpatu mmere
All the peppers on the same tree do not
While there may be some unequal
distribution of natural endowment, Akans
recognize socially created inequalities.
Akans believe in equitable distribution
of goods and services. In the past, for
example, chiefs redistributed wealth to
ensure equitable distribution of goods.
as few as 5.