Akan knowledge of the Stars in the Pleiades and elsewhere  

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Akan Extras4 Star Knowledge
Akan knowledge of the Stars in the Pleiades and elsewhere

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The Akan sections 3.2, 3.15, 4.2, 4.3, 5.12, 6.1

In the original release of the Akan book I stressed the fact that the Akan and other African groups have origins pointing to the star system Sirius. This conclusion came about from what is known about the extraterrestrials from this star system and their influence on the history of this planet.

Upon carrying further research, I have discovered some more surprising (to me) information relating to the Akan. From a study of names of star constellations in the Akan language, it has emerged that there is actually a strong link to the Pleiades than I had initially realized.

The text I used for this search was Christaller’s dictionary, which I’ve used extensively in the study of the Akan. What surprised me is that after searching thoroughly through the dictionary (maybe I missed something) I found Akan words for constellations such as the Great Bear, the Pleiades and Orion but nowhere was there a mention of the Dog Star or a name for Sirius. There were however names of stars which the Swiss Missionary could not translate into German.

I have finally come to understand that although the Akan do have an origin with the beings from Sirius (for instance Akan societies have been polygamous since the beginning and right before the appearance of Christianity it was commonly accepted for a man to normally have more than one wife) the totems of the Akan show a significant connection with bird tribes and hence human beings from the Pleiades.

This also goes to show why in sections 5.11 and 5.12 of the Akan book it is mentioned that the Akan sacred word ‘kus’ when understood as KU-SSS, points to bird and reptile influences. These come primarily from Enki’s association with the Akan and as pointed out in these sections there is an Akan tradition of how Enki gave the Akan the ‘gift of the feather’ or bird DNA. The result of this is that three major Akan clans are the crow, falcon and parrot clans all have a connection with bird tribes.

Below are Akan words relating to stars and constellations.

Akan constellations and stars

Constellation/Star (Akan) Constellation/Star (English) Comments
Nsoromma Star This is the word for ‘star’. It literally means sky-kind (nsoro) children (mma). Compare with Akoromma, which is the word for falcon/hawk (children of ako/aku kind); singular is ‘soromma’.
Nsoromma-bafan Fixed star
Okyin-nsoromma Planet
Nsoromma a atu Shooting star Literally means ‘star which flies’
Owia-atrae-nsoromma Zodiac constellations Literally means ‘stars which span the sky’
Owia kwan mu nsoromma Zodiac constellations Literally means ‘stars of the sky ways’
Nsoromma ho nsemkekae Astrology Literally means ‘knowledge concerning the stars’
Nsoromma hwefo Astrologer Literally means ‘person who watches the stars’ or a stargazer
Atifi-soromma Pole Star Literally, “crown” star, implying the importance of the pole star
Sisi-Nsoromma The Great Bear Literally means ‘the stars of the Bear’. Interestingly “sisi-bere” means ‘she-bear’, which implies that for the Akan, the Bear is also associated with this constellation
Aberewa na ne mma The Pleiades Literally translates as ‘the Old Woman and her Children’, the old woman in this case being the star Alcyone which has smaller stars circling it. The Akan have this level of detail about the Pleiades but I’ve found nothing close to this level about the Sirius star system, unlike what the Dogon know.
Akoko-tan na ne mma The Pleiades Yet another name for the Pleiades. This one translates as ‘the Hen-mother and her Chicks’; it is easy to see the reference to Alcyone once again, and in this name there is reference made to birds.
Nyenkrente Orion
Bediapon "A certain bright star" Could this be Sirius? Possibly, since it is the 'brightest star in the skies'. Also because of the suffix -pon it appears that this bright star is important.
Tadoo woraba "A certain star"
Kyekye Venus, the 'evening star'
Ko-soromma Venus, the 'morning star'

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Posted : 01/04/2009 6:35 pm
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What you think about these translations Obadele?

And also, isn't "mma" sometimes used like "wa" to make something feminine?

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Posted : 01/05/2009 4:07 pm
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pain;32711 wrote: What you think about these translations Obadele?

And also, isn't "mma" sometimes used like "wa" to make something feminine?

Mma is sometimes used like wa to make something diminutive but not in this case. Mma is the plural of ba - child.

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Posted : 01/30/2009 7:17 am
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Thank you for posting this very interesting research. Although I do not disagree with your premise that the Akan have some identity with the beings beyond earth I do not follow your logic where you say

"the Akan do have an origin with the beings from Sirius (for instance Akan societies have been polygamous since the beginning and right before the appearance of Christianity it was commonly accepted for a man to normally have more than one wife) the totems of the Akan show a significant connection with bird tribes and hence human beings from the Pleiades."

Please elaborate on this.
My understanding of the totems (for example the crow and and the Asona abusua) is very different and has no linkage to people from another planet.

Nana Kofi

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Posted : 02/27/2010 2:24 am
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meda wo ase Okyeame Kwame. mepa wo kyEw, i read an excerpt from a book dealing with marriage, divorce and role of Afi or "venus"... is Afi another word for venus in Twi (in addition to kyekye and ko-soromma) and if so is it related in any way to Atifi-soromma (Pole star)?

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Posted : 02/27/2010 6:13 am
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Afi, Atifi and Venus

Although the original question was directed at Okyeame Kwame, and he should certainly reply to it if he wants to, do permit me to also forward some thoughts on this interesting question!

I should point to the post by Bro Sundiata referring to the Akan Naming Ceremony. I should also point to what Bro Pain wrote months earlier, referring to Kra-din or soul names, if I'm correctly referring to the concept ( posted under Akan Spiritual Systems) where the kra-din have an association with the Abosom. I have made a list which is slightly different from previous ones seen on this forum, as it looks at the female and male kra-din slightly differently (for emphasis), also adding French names of the week:

Day (Akan) Day (European) Abosom Female Kra-din Male Kra-din
Kwesi-ada/ Akwesi-da Sunday (Sun-day)
(Sun)
Awusi Esi/Asi Kwa-Asi/Kwa-Esi
Dwoo-da Monday
Lun-di
(Moon-day)
(Moon/la lune)
Adwo Adwo-a Kwa-dwo/Kojo
Bena-da Tuesday/Mar-di
(Mars)
Abena Abena-a Kwa-bena
Wuku-da Wednesday
Mecre-di
(Mercury)
Aku Aku-a
(Ekua)
Kwa-Aku/Kweku
Yaw-da Thursday
Jeu-di/Ju-di
(Jupiter)
Yaw Ya-a Kwa-aw/Yaw
Afi-da Friday
Ven-dre-di
(Venus)
Afi Afi-a
(Afua/Efua)
Kwa-Afi/Kofi
Meme-nda Satur-day
Sa-me-di
(Saturn)
Ama/Ame Ama-a
(Ama/Amma)
Kwa-Ame/Kwame

My suspicion here is that the distinction between Ko-soroma/KyekyE (Venus) and Afi (Venus) is that one name (the first) likely refers to the stellar body while the other name (the second) likely refers to the Abosom that is associated with the stellar body. If this distinction is made then both names can be allowed. For instance some Europeans refer to this planet as Earth/Terre/Terra and to the spirit of the planet as 'Gaia'. In the Akan language, Earth proper is 'Asase', while the extra qualification added to the Earth refers to the Being known as the Planetary Spirit (Asase-Yaa/Asase-Efua -- Mother Earth).

Following this line of thinking, I wonder if Venus is ever referred to as 'Kyekye-Afi' or even 'Kyekye-Efua', I do not know, any ideas from others?

I personally think that 'Atifi'-soromma is not directly related to 'Afi', since 'Atifi' refers to the concept "crown" (i.e. the top of), while "Afi" is a name/word referring to an Abosom associated with Friday.

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Posted : 02/27/2010 10:06 am
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Here are some of the references from Christaller (1933) which show some of the page numbers where you can find info about stars and constellations.

KyekyE refers both to the evening star. Ade-kye is morning. Ko-soroma also refers to the morning star. Both refer to the same thing.

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Posted : 02/27/2010 1:11 pm
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Here are some of the references from Christaller (1933) which show some of the page numbers where you can find info about stars and constellations.

KyekyE refers both to the evening star and to the morning star (Venus). Ade-kye is referring to morning. Ko-soroma also refers to the morning star. Both refer to the same thing.

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Posted : 02/27/2010 1:29 pm
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Here are some of the references from Christaller (1933) which show some of the page numbers where you can find info about stars and constellations.

KyekyE refers both to the evening star and to the morning star (Venus). Ade-kye is referring to morning. Ko-soroma also refers to the morning star. Both refer to the same thing.

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Posted : 02/27/2010 1:32 pm
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Here are some of the references from Christaller (1933) which show some of the page numbers where you can find info about stars and constellations. The references are actually direct dictionary definitions, in effect, excerpts of Christaller's dictionary talking about Akan words relating to the moon, planets, stars and constellations.

KyekyE refers both to the evening star and to the morning star (Venus). Ade-kye is referring to morning. Ko-soroma also refers to the morning star. Both refer to the same thing.

(* The pdf file shows the same information as the image file (jpg) but it is in landscape format and hence is much clearer and easier to read, not to mention larger fonts. You still have to be able to read Twi though!)

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