Pronunciation of Funtumfunefu Denkyemfunefu
Meaning and significance
Funtumfunefu Denkyemfunefu represents two mythical crocodiles (or one, depending on how one looks at it) with one shared stomach. It is a symbol of unity in diversity giving a common destiny; sharing. The proverb from which the symbol is derived is “Funtumfunafu Denkyemfunafu, wowo yafunu koro nanso wonya biribi a wofom efiri se aduane no de no yete no wo menetwitwie mu,” to wit, Funtumfunafu and denkyemfunafu share a stomach but when they get something (food) they strive over it because the sweetness of the food is felt as it passes through the throat.
A note on the name and its spelling
Willis calls this symbol Funtummireku-Denkyemmireku. Rattray calls it (by extension from the proverb from which the symbol is derived) Funtumfrafu-Denkyemfrafu. It is not clear where the spelling Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu which MacDonald uses comes from but it is probably meant to be more phonetic than accurate. However, since that has become the most popular spelling, we have also adopted a similar spelling so the majority who are used to it can find it.
- The meaning of the symbol was taken from The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis.
- The reference to Rattray regards Ashanti Proverbs by R. S. Rattray.
- The reference to MacDonald regards http://adinkra.org/
- The image of the symbol was taken from the Kasahorow Adinkra Library.