The Adinkra symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment.
The Adinkra symbols express various themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante. They mostly have rich proverbial meaning since proverbs play an important role in the Asante culture. The use of Proverbs is considered as a mark of wisdom.
Throughout the bible, God used symbols and signs to communicate to man. From the leading of the Israelites from Egypt to the promise land, Daniel’s prophecy and the vision of John in Revelation, signs and symbols played an important role in how God communicate with his children. Bible verses that reflect the use of symbols and signs are: Genesis 9:13, Isaiah 57:8 and Hebrew 9:25.