Semiotics & the Traditional Tribe

Adinkra Symbols

Symbols are used to convey ideologies, concepts, aphorisms, beliefs or lifestyle. Created by the Akan people of Ghana, and the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa the Adinkra symbols represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used on fabric, walls, in pottery, woodcarvings and logos. They also can be used to communicate evocative messages that represent parts of their life or those around them.

"spider's web"
symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life
Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.

symbol of endurance and resourcefulness
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."

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