The ancient Akan tribe was matriarchal, ruled by a Queenmother.In establishing the new territory for her state, the Queenmother planted a soul tree or fire tree at a crossroads in front of her new home under which was often buried the body of a female.Soul tree, is translated from gya dua kra. Gya dua means fire tree. The fire tree is animated by the kra spirit or spark of the Goddess Nyame.
Nyame is the Great Goddess, the Supreme Being, the great mother, the genetrix. She is the creator and ruler of the universe. Her fire is the luminous life giving fluid. She created the sun with fire and the earth with water. The word Nyame derives from Nyam, meaning brightness or splendor.
The Queenmother facilitated the relationship between her tribe and the ancestral realm. She served her community by making daily offerings and libations to this grave and the other predecessor Queenmothers.The previous clan mothers and Queenmothers offered help and assistance to the living from their place in this grave and beyond in the ancestral realm. This tree and grave became the focal point of worship for the tribe.Through this grave of the ancestral mothers, the Queenmother approached the supreme Goddess Nyame. It was her job to petition for the protection of her community and see to their spiritual needs in this way.
The Nyame dua, Nyame tree, kept them connected to the source of their power, their ancestors and the vast network of trees. It kept them rooted to their original source, the original fire of the universe and the descent through the original mother wombs of the tribe.
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