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  • Kwanzaa: Origins & Meanings of Nguzo Saba symbols

    Kwanzaa: Origins & Meanings of Nguzo Saba symbols

    Pan-African Dagi Knot symbol

    DAGO KNOT

    • • Unity
    • A Pan-African symbol of unity found in several African cultures.

    Ahenwa symbol

    AHENWA

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    • The Akan throne, symbol of national identity, cultural groundedness and rightful governance, used in Kwanzaa to represent the principle of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination).

    Akoma Ntoaso symbol

    AKOMA NTOASO

    • • Understanding, Agreement
    • The Adinkra symbol of shared effort and obligation. Akoma Ntoaso is used in Kwanzaa to represent the principle Ujima (Cooperative Work & Responsibility).

    Nsibidi symbol - Two Interlocking Half Circles

    TWO INTERLOCKING HALF CIRCLES

    • • Love or Unity
    • The Nsibidi symbol of togetherness and family is used to represent the Kwanzaa principle Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics).

    ancient Egyptian Nefer symbol

    NEFER

    • • Good, Pleasant, Beautiful
    • The ancient Egyptian symbol for beauty and good is used to represent the Kwanzaa principle Nia (Purpose).

    Dogon Divine Creation symbol

    THE SEVEN VIBRATIONS OF DIVINE CREATION

    • • Creativity
    • The Dogon symbol of creativity, used to represent the Kwanzaa principle Kuumba (Creativity).

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    ANKH

    • • Key of Life, Life
    • The ancient Egyptian double symbol of the ankh, used to represent the Kwanzaa principle Imani (Faith).
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