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Aya is an Adinkra symbol meaning ‘fern’. The symbol represents resourcefulness and endurance.
Symbolism of Aya
Aya, pronounced as ‘eye-ah’, is a West African symbol featuring a stylized image of a fern. The word ‘aya’ means fern in ‘Twi’, an African language.
This symbol signifies endurance as well as resourcefulness. This is because ferns are hardy plants that can grow in highly unusual places. They need little water to thrive and can withstand the toughest climates. Due to this, the symbol is also associated with durability.
Aya can also mean ‘I’m not afraid of you’ or ‘I’m independent of you’, representing strength, defiance against oppression, and independence. Many people choose to wear Aya tattoos, claiming that they can feel their power and inner strength. A person who wears the Aya symbol suggests that he has endured many difficulties in life and face various obstacles which he has overcome.
The symbol is also popular in fashion and jewelry, worn extensively by the West Africans. For some, it serves as a reminder that it’s not impossible to endure the adversities in life and outlast them.
Aya is an important Adinkra symbol in Akan culture that represents endurance and resourcefulness.
he fern, as a tattoo, pays homage to nature. It also has multiple symbolisms such as prosperity, new beginnings, longevity, and happiness. This same symbolism can be found in the Kori symbol of the Maori people.
What Are Adinkra Symbols?
Adinkra are a collection of West African symbols that are known for their symbolism, meaning and decorative features. They have decorative functions, but their primary use is to represent concepts related to traditional wisdom, aspects of life, or the environment.
Adinkra symbols are named after their original creator King Nana Kwadwo Agyemang Adinkra, from the Bono people of Gyaman, now Ghana. There are several types of Adinkra symbols with at least 121 known images, including additional symbols that have been adopted on top of the original ones.
Adinkra symbols are highly popular and used in contexts to represent African culture, such as artwork, decorative items, fashion, jewelry, and media.