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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 Soul Trees of the Ancient Akan

The ancient Akan tribe was matriarchal, ruled by a Queenmother. Incoming incursions of people with views different from their own forced the Queenmother to move her people to maintain their sovereignty. The Queenmother used divination to locate the right location. In establishing the new territory for her state, the Queenmother planted a soul tree or fire tree at a crossroads in front of her new home under which was often buried the body of a female. At other times gold or other precious objects were buried instead of a body. “This grave under the city’s soul tree became a highly venerated...

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