Akan-Asante Fertility Doll and the Egyptian Ankh
According to African
legend, the bearer of a fertility doll will give birth to a beautiful
child 24 inches tall. In Ghana and in most parts of Africa, fertility
dolls represent youth and fertility. Akua'maa are carved wooden figures
that are believed to induce pregnancy and ensure safe delivery at birth.
A priest giving the
fertility deity conducts the rites, afterwards the women carries the
doll and treats it like a real child, dressing it up, adorning it with
jewelry and putting it to bed. After the mother gives birth to a
daughter, she may give the doll to her to play with (this type of gift
teaches child care)
If one closely observe
the structure of a fertility doll you will notice a distinct similarity
to the Ankh, an ancient Egyptian or Kamitic symbol of life. It has a
huge round head and body, and it is shaped like a cross. The head is
symbolic of the feminine womb. The shape is a reminder of the active,
yet passive manifestations of the womb, which are receptive and
gestation. The female egg receives the male sperm, thus gestation
occurs: but can only happen during the ovulation point in the woman's
cycle. This is why the womb is considered receptive, it is a receiver
The body of the
fertility doll is shaped like a cross, and is similar to the
lower part of the ankh. This lower section is similar to a Kamitic
symbol known as the Djed, which according to legend is the backbone of
the God Ausar (Osiris). In the spiritual teachings of ancient Egypt.
Ausar possesses great power because his emotions and thoughts are
stable and unwavering. The Djed symbol, being Ausar's spinal energy,
but needs an antenna to receive spinal energy. This column conducts
both parts of the Akwoba figure and are important.
The Akau'maa illustrate
the Ashanti concept of beauty: a high oval forehead that in reality is
achieved by massaging an infant's soft skull; a small mouth: and a neck
ringed to depict creases caused by fat, indicating a healthy diet.
What makes the fertility
doll so special is it's reason for being created. African ancestors
made symbols out of everything. This brings us to Hieroglyphics and the
reason why they are so intriguing.
In the past people would
not get caught up in language barriers, as symbols served the same
meaning for all nations and therefore the Fertility doll is one of
those symbols that stood the test of time. For as long as human history
has existed, fertility dolls or symbols have been revered . Long before
we knew how babies were made, how crops grew, we knew that our
existence depended on renewal of fertility.
It may interest some
that Amun as a fertility 'god' was the chief deity of the Kushites.
With Amun-Re, we see the falcon clan symbol because Re, Heru/Horus and
Ptah are of the same faction.
In the article
"Differences between Higher Self incarnate and Nature Spirit paths" I
tackle the confusion that sometimes arises when there is a
misunderstanding when using the term 'God' (Supreme Creative Forces) to
represent extraterrestrial personalities or entities and when using the
term 'god' to refer to nature spirit entities when in fact
extraterrestrial personalities are what one meant to refer to (or vice
Amun-Re can also be
associated with Marduk of Sumeria, who was a son of Enki, and who (with
the help of the rebel reptilians) was able to elevate his status over
the rest of the Sirian-Reptilian Annunaki.
Akan "Akuaba" (fertility doll) and the Egyptian Ankh
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