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Kente Cloth Adinkra Symbols & Meaning

Below are the meanings of Adinkra symbols that you may find on Kente Cloths. These are different from Kente Cloth Weave Patterns & Meaning

adinkra

ADINKRAHENE

“chief of adinkra symbols”

greatness, charisma, leadership

AKOBEN

“war horn”

vigilance, wariness

AKOFENA

“sword of war”

courage, valor

AKOKONAN

“the leg of a hen”

mercy, nurturing

AKOMA

“the heart”

patience & tolerance

AKOMA NTOSO

“linked hearts”

understanding, agreement

ANANSE NTONTAN

“spider’s web”

wisdom, creativity

ASASE YE DURU

“the Earth has weight”

divinity of Mother Earth

AYA

“fern”

endurance, resourcefulness

BESE SAKA

“sack of cola nuts”

affluence, abundance, unity

BI NKA BI

“no one should bite the other”

peace, harmony

BOA ME NA

ME MMOA WO

“help me and let me help you”

cooperation, interdependence

DAME-DAME

name of a board game

intelligence, ingenuity

DENKYEM

“crocodile”

adaptability

DUAFE

“wooden comb”

beauty, hygiene, feminine qualities

DWENNIMMEN

“ram’s horns”

humility and strength

EBAN

“fence”

love, safety, security

EPA

“handcuffs”

law, justice, slavery

ESE NE TEKREMA

“the teeth and the tongue”

friendship, interdependence

fawohodie

FAWOHODIE

“independence”

independence, freedom, emancipation

FIHANKRA

“house/compound”

security, safety

FOFO

“a yellow-flowered plant”

jealousy, envy

FUNTUNFUNEFU

DENKYEMFUNEFU

“siamese crocodiles”

democracy, unity in diversity

GYE NYAME

“except for God”

supremacy of God

HWEMUDUA

“measuring stick”

examination, quality control

HYE WONHYE

“that which cannot be burnt”

imperishability, endurance

keta pa

KETE PA

“good bed”

good marriage

kintinkantan

KINTINKANTAN

“puffed up extravagance”

arrogance, extravagance

KWATAKYE ATIKO

“hairstyle of Kwatakye, a war hero”

bravery, valor

mate masie

MATE MASIE

“what I hear, I keep”

wisdom, knowledge, prudence

me ware wo

ME WARE WO

“I shall marry you”

commitment, perseverance

mframadan

MFRAMADAN

“wind-resistant house”

fortitude, preparedness

MMERE DANE

“time changes”

change, life’s dynamics

MMUSUYIDEE

“that which removes ill luck”

good fortune, sanctity

MPATAPO

“knot of reconciliation”

peacemaking, reconciliation

MPUANNUM

“five tufts” (of hair)

priestly office, loyalty, adroitness

NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU

“he who does not know can know from learning”

knowledge, life-long education

NEA OPE SE OBEDI HENE

“he who wants to be king”

service, leadership

NKONSONKONSON

“chain links”

unity, human relations

NYAME DUA

“tree of god”

God’s protection and presence

NKYIMU

the crossed divisions made on adinkra cloth before printing

skillfulness, precision

NKYINKYIM

“twistings”

initiative, dynamism, versatility

NSAA

type of hand-woven cloth

excellence, genuineness, authenticity

NSOROMMA

“child of the heavens”

guardianship

NYAME BIRIBI

WO SORO

“God is in the heavens”

hope

NYAME NNWU

NA MAWU

“God never dies, therefore I cannot die”

life after death

NYAME NTI

“by God’s grace”

faith & trust in God

NYAME YE OHENE

“God is King”

majesty and supremacy of God

NYANSAPO

“wisdom knot”

wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience

ODO NNYEW

FIE KWAN

“love never loses its way home”

power of love

OKODEE MMOWERE

“talons of the eagle”

bravery, strength

ONYANKOPON ADOM NTI BIRIBIARA BEYE YIE

“By God’s grace, all will be well”

hope, providence, faith

OSRAM NE NSOROMMA

“the moon and the star”

love, faithfulness, harmony

OWO FORO ADOBE

“snake climbing the raffia tree”

steadfastness, prudence, diligence

OWUO ATWEDEE

“the ladder of death”

mortality

PEMPAMSIE

“sew in readiness”

readiness, steadfastness

SANKOFA

“return and get it”

learn from the past

SANKOFA

(alternate version)

SESA WO SUBAN

“I change or transform my life”

transformation

TAMFO BEBRE

“the enemy will stew in his own juice”

jealousy

WAWA ABA

“seed of the wawa tree”

hardiness, toughness, perseverance

WOFORO DUA PA A

“when you climb a good tree”

support, cooperation

WO NSA DA MU A

“if your hands are in the dish”

democracy, pluralism

3 comments

1 Giavanna Cipolloni { 01.05.11 at 8:09 am }

I think this is really cool and I can’t wait to learn it !

2 ray { 04.19.11 at 6:50 am }

nice kente

3 MARY EPPS-OWENS { 02.23.14 at 9:25 am }

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MUCH NEEDED INFO.

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