Adinkra Symbols Download.
African symbols known as adinkra are ubiquitous in Ghana, a beautiful West African country on the Atlantic, situated between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. On cloth and walls, in pottery and logos, these Asante tribe symbols can be found everywhere.
. The adinkra symbols can be downloaded for Photoshop as shapes or brushes freely.
symbol of greatness, charisma and leadership
This symbol is said to have played an inspiring role in the designing of other symbols. it signifies the importance of playing a leadership role.
This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration, a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people
symbol of democracy and unity
The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.
The crocodile lives in the water, yet breathes the air, demonstrating an ability to adapt to circumstances.
symbol of humility together with strength
The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.
The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary).
BI NKA BI
“No one should bite the other”
symbol of peace and harmony
This symbol cautions against provocation and strife. The image is based on two fish biting each other tails.
Typical of Akan (Asante) architecture, the communal housing compound has only one entrance and exit.
According to Agbo, when a person is said to “have a heart in his stomach,” that person is very tolerant.
symbol of independence, freedom, emancipation
“From the expression: Fawodhodie ene obre na enam.
Literal translation: “Independence comes with its responsibilities.”
This symbol reflects the harmony that exists in the bonding between a man and a woman.
This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life.
“knot of pacification/reconciliation”
symbol of reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification
Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife.
This symbol combines two separate adinkra symbols, the “Morning Star” which can mean a new start to the day, placed inside the wheel, representing rotation or independent movement.
name of a board game
symbol of intelligence and ingenuity
“greatness of the sun”
symbol of vitality and renewal
symbol of courage, valor, and heroism
The crossed swords were a popular motif in the heraldic shields of many former Akan states. In addition to recognizing courage and valor, the swords can represent legitimate state authority.
symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life
Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.
symbol of cooperation and interdependence
Source: “Cloth As Metaphor” by G.F. Kojo Arthur
symbol of commitment, perseverance
From the expression “No one rushes into the job of mixing the concrete for building the house of marriage.”
DABI ME NSORO – MO BEPUE
“My star will shine one day”
symbol of hope, aspiration and confidnence
From the expression “Just as all the fruits do not ripen the same time, so all the stars do not shine at the same, mine will shine some day.”
eye sees all of existence – makes sense with its representation
the symbol of energy
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