||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
|Nsoromma a atu
||Literally means ‘star which flies’
||Literally means ‘stars which span the sky’
|Owia kwan mu nsoromma
||Literally means ‘stars of the sky ways’
|Nsoromma ho nsemkekae
||Literally means ‘knowledge concerning the stars’
||Literally means ‘person who watches the stars’ or a stargazer
||Literally, “crown” star, implying the importance of the pole star
||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
|Aberewa na ne mma
||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
||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.
||"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.
||"A certain star"
||Venus, the 'evening star'
||Venus, the 'morning star'