Art and Architecture Of Africans. Jul 14, 2010 21:06:25 GMT -5
Post by anansi on Jul 14, 2010 21:06:25 GMT -5
I am posting this as a possible explanation but I am not sure of the veracity of this so search some more please
Robert Graves mentions the Goddess Ngame in his book “The Greek Myths” (Volume I). Two quotes found in his book are presented below:
“While the right-handed swastika is a symbol of the sun, the left-handed is a symbol of the moon. Among the Akan of West Africa, a people of Libyo-Berber ancestry, it represents the Triple-goddess Ngame.”
“…the Moon is worshipped as the supreme Triple-goddess Ngame, clearly identical with the Libyan Neith, the Carthaginian Tanit, the Canaanite Anatha, and the early Greek Athene. Ngame is said to have brought forth the heavenly bodies through her own efforts and then to have vitalized men and animals by shooting magical arrows from her new-moon bow into their inert bodies. She also, it is said takes life in her killer aspect; as did her counterpart the Moon goddess Artemis. A princess of royal line is judged capable, in unsettled times, of being overcome by Ngame’s lunar magic and bearing a tribal deity which takes up its residence in a shrine and leads a group of emigrants to some new region. This woman becomes queen-mother, war-leader, judge and priestess of the settlement she founds.”
Sorry I can find no definitive explanation the above is the closest I can come up with anyone want to pick up the challenge..