Nyame Biribi Wo Soro God is in the heaven Hope Spanish violet
Nyame Biribi wo Soro [Symbol of Hope]
Name/Theme: Nyame biribi wo soro/Hope
Proverb: ‘Nyame biribi wo soro, ma no me ka me nsa.
Literal Translation: ‘O God, something is in heaven, let it come into my hand’ (Rattray, 1959: 267).
Meaning: Nyame refers to God, biribi wo soro means something is in heaven, ma mensa nka means let me have it. ‘Biribi’ in the proverb signifies God’s benevolence, mercy, blessings and all the good things which promote the well being of a person. ‘Soro’ also signifies a source of opportunities and prospects which abound for advancement for every aspect of our life.
Background: Confidence, expectation, optimism, anticipation, faith, determination, hopefulness are virtues that a person requires to gain the favour of God. This suggests the supremacy of God to be the provider of mankind just as He provides rain for all, so can He also make provision for all who needs His blessings. The proverb emphasizes the belief in the heaven (sky) as God’s dwelling place. God’s abode therefore, is believed to have all the blessings that he offers to those who fervently request for them. There is therefore the belief that God is good and has the ability to answer prayers. This pattern was stamped on paper and hung above the lintel of a door in the palace. The king of Asante used to touch this lintel, then his forehead, then his breast, repeating these words three times (Rattray, 1959: 266)
Moral Value: The proverb encourages the requisition of favors from God through prayers and faithfulness. It also stresses the need for people to be optimistic and positive minded. This is a symbol of hope.
Originator: Opanin Kofi Maanu an indigene of Asante-Ntonso is believed to have adopted the symbol among many others found alongside the trophies brought from Gyaman in the early part of the nineteenth century (Nana Agya Bedu-2007 a Master Artisan at Ntonso). The year of its origination is unknown but it philosophy is believed to have been propounded during the reign of Nana Osei Bonsu I who ruled Ashanti kingdom from (1804-1823).
Extract from Cultural Symbolism in Asante Traditional Textiles by ABRAHAM EKOW ASMAH"God is in the heavens" symbol of hope A rernirder that God's dwelling place is in the heaven, where he can listen to all prayers.
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