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Hair Style of an Asante War Captain symbol of bravery and valor "This symbols is said to be a special hair style of Kwatakye, a war captain of old Asante. The symbol has come to represent bravery and fearlessness. It is also given as an earned title to any brave son of an Akan community. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said.

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Hair Style of an Asante War Captain symbol of bravery and valor "This symbols is said to be a special hair style of Kwatakye, a war captain of old Asante. The symbol has come to represent bravery and fearlessness. It is also given as an earned title to any brave son of an Akan community. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said.

It reflects in Asante history a clause in the unwritten constitutution of the Golden Stool. Oral acocunts say that according to that clause, mud houses in Kumasi must be reinforced with turf.

This reinforcing would cause the house to be sturdier and resistant to unfavorable weather conditions. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife. It is the traditional hairstyle of the priestesses. It also represents the devotion and faithfulness one displays when doing a task required of one. In addition, mpuannum means loyalty or the embodiment of lofty duty to a desired goal. Erected in front of the house or compound, it is crafted from a tree that has been cut where three or more branches come together.

This stake holds an earthenware vessell filled with water and herbs or other symbolic materials for purification and blessing rituals.

This preparation is symbolic of the exacting technique which results in the highest quality product. Because the soul rests with God after death, it cannot die. Bruce Willis: "This stalk is depicted as the staff of life in many cultures. It symbolizes to the Akan that food is a basis of life and that they could not survive if not for the food that God has placed here on Earth for their nourishment. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends.

The Oyoko clan, one of the nine Akan clans, uses this symbol as their clan emblem. Proverb: "Kyekye pe aware. She is always in the sky waiting for the return of the moon, her husband.

His ability to climb it is a model of persistence and prudence.

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They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. Fabric adinkra are often made by woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. Adinkra symbols appear on some traditional Akan gold weights and are also carved on stools for domestic and ritual use. Tourism has led to new departures in the use of the symbols in such items as T-shirts and jewellery. These symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages conveying traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment. There are many different symbols with distinct meanings, often linked with proverbs. The Englishman Thomas Edward Bowdich - collected a piece of Adinkra cloth in , which demonstrates that Adinkra art existed at least since this time.

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