African culture has always been full of various forms of art, like the Benin art from the ancient Edo empire to our subject for today, Adinkra. These arts, symbols and their meanings are a huge form that connects to not just culture, but also the ancient spirituality of the various ethnicities present in Africa. 

Adinkra symbols originated in modern-day Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire from the Asante/Ashanti people who would print them on fabrics and inscribe them on pottery and metalwork according to how they related with their meanings.

These adinkra symbols represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behavior related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes. Adikra symbols with meaning.

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