Posts Tagged "ghana"

The Goddess Nyame

Nyame* is the Great Goddess in the ancient Akan tradition of Ghana.  She is the Supreme Being, the great mother, the genetrix. She is the creator and ruler of the universe. The one indivisible who can divide herself. She is most often represented by the crux decussata, the X shaped cross. The points on this type of cross indicate the equinoxes and solstices. These days were sacred to Nyame. Nyame is self-born, eternal and infinite, self-begotten, self-produced. She is the great revolving circle of the starry heavens, the ecliptic. Her fire is the luminous life giving fluid.  She created the...

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The Nyame Dua of the Akan and Nyur Shrines of the Dagara

The soul tree or Nyame Dua of the ancient Akan of Ghana was a sacred tree that served as the village shrine connecting the community to the Goddess Nyame through the ancient ancestresses of the clan. The ancestresses were worshiped and fed at this shrine and served as intermediaries between the clan and Nyame, the genetrix Goddess of the original fire. This shrine was tended to by the Queenmother as this tribe was matriarchal. The Queenmother was the one who facilitated the relationship between the ancestral realm and the living by making offerings to the tree shrine and carrying out her...

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