Adinkras

 

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Today, being Easter Sunday, I was pleased to receive a Divine fair trade Easter Egg. Very nice it looks too!  However, on the packaging is something even more delicious – various icons known as Adinkras. To the earth energy dowser these look like dead ringers for the kind of pictogram that we have started dowsing in recent years here in the UK.

The description of Adinkras on wikipeadia implies that they are culturally significant West African symbols of unknown origin, which were first recorded during the colonial period, on cloth.  However, their essence seems to pre-date the European invasions.

The fact that these images are so similar to some of the shapes that we have discovered, quite independently, in the ether of the green fields and misty moors of Britain, is quite astonishing.

Indeed, one image  – which is clearly intended to be a snake in the Ghanaian canon – I have found several times and, in the absence of any cultural context, I have nicknamed it the radiator-airer!

The stylised cruciform shapes shown on the chocholate packaging and on the examples listed on wikipaedia, are also very widespread – and quite similar to the early forms of the symbol, in Christian iconography.

Given that these glyphs are also said to indicate states of mind or psychological archetypes in their African environment, their correspondence to the pictograms found by the legendary British dowsers Hamish Miller and Colin Bloy, is spine-tinglingly spooky.

It certainly implies that these little pictures are natural in origin (in the broader sense of the word) and far more widespread that we had previously considered – but are they also an expression of the interaction between humans and our planet?

If anyone can throw any further light on this subject, in relation to dowsing, please do get in touch.

Nigel Twinn

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