Adinkra are visual symbols or ideographs that represent concepts and aphorisms originating from the Akan people, the dominant ethnic group of present-day Ghana and the Ivory Coast located in West Africa. Adinkra are an important part of Ashanti culture, an ethnic subgroup of the Akan people. The Ashanti Empire spanned a large portion of West Africa, including what is today Ghana, from the late 17th century until the early 20th century, until the British deposed and exiled the Ashanti king and annexed the Ashanti Empire to the Gold Coast colony in 1902. The Gold Coast gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, the first African colony to do so, and renamed itself the Republic of Ghana. The Ashanti region now lies in the heart of Ghana, based around the city of Kumasi.
The origins of Adinkra symbols are debated and several theories exist to explain their creation. The origin story from the Ashanti is that the first chief priest of the Ashanti who lived in the 7th century called down from the heavens the golden stool, the royal throne which came to symbolize the power of Ashanti kings. On top of the golden stool called down from the heavens lay cloth adorned with Adinkra symbols.
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