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).
ancient Egyptian Ankh symbol

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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