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The Adinkra, Ghanaian Philosophy Symbols - The Expansion of the Speculation System in Adinkra Symbols

CHO JI-SOOK 1

1경희대학교(국제캠퍼스) 아프리카연구센터

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ABSTRACT

This paper introduces symbols from Ghana, the ‘Adinkra’, and expands upon the concepts associated with it. In other words, the world view, values and scalability that appear to form philosophical thoughts in everyday life. ‘Adinkra’ are symbols from Ghana in West Africa. Adinkra means ‘goodbye’ or ‘farewell’. There are some 400 Adinkra symbols, but the meanings of the symbols have been lost. The first book on Adinkra is ‘The Adinkra Dictionary’ (1998) by W. Bruce Willis. Adinkra is related to the Ghanaian culture, and represents concepts such as philosophical ideology, history, historical figures, myths, legends, animals, plants, etc. In the old days, because of its meaning-‘goodbye’ or ‘farewell’- Adinkra was generally used for funerals. But today, Adinkra is utilized in a full range of cultural events and activities. Each of the ‘Adinkra’ has various meanings. According to Willis, Adinkra is ever-evolving and constantly expanding. As a matter of fact, Adinkra continues to expand, evolve and develop. Nevertheless, no books have been published on Adinkra since Bruce Willis (5 May 2016 to the present). Adinkra provides insights into the rich philosophical, educational, and historical significance of Africa. Therefore, Adinkra requires evolution, expansion, and research. In this study, we will examine the Adinkra, divided into four categories. The first is related to God and the powers, the second is related to moral education. The third symbolizes ‘love’ and ‘friendship’. and lastly, the fourth is ‘life’ and ‘death’.

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