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    The Gye Nyame Symbol - A Piece of African History

    The Gye Nyame Symbol - A Piece of African History

    The Gye Nyame symbol is probably the best known of all adinkra symbols. The adinkra symbols have been used to pass culture down through generations in Ghana, Africa.  Gye Nyame means "except for God" and signifies the all-knowing power of God. It is used in decorations, clothing, and artwork. It is a reflection of the religious character of the Ghanaian people.

    If you look closely at the symbol you can see that it shows a person inside of a hand. It is a picture of how we are held in the hand of God. Another translation of the gye nyame symbol is this: This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial; no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end, EXCEPT GOD.

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