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Adinkra - Sankofa


The name of the symbol is Sankofa and it translates to “Return and Get it”

This symbol comes in two shapes, a bird looking back and a heart. The Symbol represents the importance of learning from the past and the call to to always learn something from our mistakes and apply it to the future. It encourages one to move forward, and not get bogged down by the past.

 Measures: 3 x 3 x 3.25 in

Adinkra (ah’-deen’-krah) is the name of a set of symbols in Akan culture of Ghana, West Africa, which reflect the history, values and aspirations of the people. Adinkra are symbols from Ghana, West Africa, originally created by the Gyaman people, in what is now the present day country of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in western Africa. The term Adinkra came from the legendary king of the Gyaman, Nana Kofi Adinkra, who wore clothes with colorful patterns made up of symbols with special meanings. The symbols are stamped on cloth, carved in architecture and sculpture, painted in homes, shrines, used as company logos and displayed in a variety of other ways.

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