Included here are eighty-one colorful examples of Bantu symbol writing. The Bantu symbol-language of South Africa was developed for communication exclusively between medicine men; it is not taught to the common people. Yet an estimated 30 percent of the Bantu people can write in this language. Apart from medicine men and the elders and wise ones, it is mostly women who employ it: after a newly married couple have built their home, the husbandís mother, or any of his friends, may decorate the houseís walls with blessing symbols.
In the symbol-language, each symbol represents not a single character or letter, but a whole word or, more often, a complete idea (much like Chinese and Japanese symbols). The characters are arranged in sequence to communicate: Man + sees + lion. Lion + eats + ox.
Pomegranate's Classic Edition posters are printed on number 1-grade 10-point cover-weight paper, perfect for mounting or framing. Size: 24 x 36".