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Symbol of an Executioner's Power

Adinkra’s are African visual symbols created in West Africa.

Adinkra symbols represent a feeling or simple saying in other words Adinkra are symbols that represent concepts or sayings telling a story without words.

”Look at your past and you will recognize your future”


Aya, the fern is the symbol for independence meaning I am not afraid of you.


Sepow is the symbol of an executioner's power. It was a dagger, which the executioner plunged into the condemned mouth to prevent them from conjuring up a curse on the king before death.


Masie symbolizes the saying I understand and will keep your confidence.


Gye Nyame represents the phrase except God I fear none.


Nsoroma symbolizes the saying that you are a child of the sky resting with God and not depending upon yourself.

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