From the Volta to the Congo to the Nile, from scarification to gold weights to hieroglyphics, the swastika has been used throughout Afriqa for a long time…
When you see hear the word “swastika or see this symbol
what are the first words that come to your mind?
“Blonde hair and blue eyes.”
Then where would you guess these come from?
An educated guess would be India. But no, they are all from Africa. That’s right Sub-Saharan, “Black” A-F-R-I-C-A. They are gold dust weights used by the Ashanti, to be more precise.
No, not this Ashanti…
The ones who make kinte cloth…
They are also called Akan. The Akan occupy a large part of West Africa including parts of Ghana and the Ivory Coast and include many sub-ethnic groups such as the Baule and the Asante (Ashanti).  The Akan were producing them to weigh gold dust which…
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