Sankofa Has Multiple Definitions & MeaningsLike most words, Sankofa is a combination of multiple letters. All letters are combinations of multiple meanings because letters are metaphors that have been condensed into symbols (into a zip file). Most of us do not understand how many levels of meaning are contained in the letters of the language we speak, thus, we also have limited understandings of words. This is a fundamental problem causing us to operate based on partial and surface understandings of letters, words, phrases, sentences, philosophies and anything else transferred via spoken or written language. This message expands our understanding of “Sankofa” but is not an exhaustive discussion of all possible understandings.
One of the ways Sankofa can be broken down is into three parts: Sa + ank + kofa.
SA – Expanded Definition & Meanings Of The First Part Of SankofaForms of SA are: Ka, Sa, Su, Sau, Sha, Sah, San. All of these words are interchangeable synonyms and mean the same thing. (AE2 905/369) (AE1 112/122) (BB 239/251) Sa means spirit, soul, soil and basis. (AE1 89-90/99-100) (AE1 131/141) (AE1 135/145) Sa means son, daughter, child. (BB 109/121) (AE1 516/526) (BB 120/132) Sa means the hinder part which denotes birthplace, origin, female. Thus Sa means mother. (NG1 x/12) Sa means to return, come back again. (BB109-11/121-3) Sa means aid, backing, defense and soul. Each of these have different symbols. (AE1 112/122) Sa means touch. “Go back and touch it.” “Stay in touch.” (AE1 112/122) Sa means to heal. (BB 83/91) Sa means rank, kind of officer, virtue, efficacy, protection, amulet (fetish),* wisdom, judgeship and of an order. This is symbolized by (1) the collar or tie and by (2) an ornament with ten loops. This ten-looped Sa is associated with a royal court of rank or Court of Justice of law. The collar or tie is worn by judges. The S-collar. (BB 120/132) (AE1 112/122) Sa is symbolized by the letter “S.” (BB 120/132) (AE1 112/122) Sa is symbolized by the Jackal and the Goose. (AE1 43/53) (BB109-11/121-3) Sa is symbolized by the tail of the crocodile. The tail of the crocodile is Kam.
The earliest form of Kam is Ma, mother, thus Sa is mother.
The later form of Kam is the compound word Khebma (Ma + Kheb). Kheb is Khebt is Ta-urt is Apt is goddess, hippopotamus (Earth), crocodile (Water), lioness (Air) and kaf ape (Fire). Thus Sa is goddess, great mother, mother, daughter, sister, child, son, husband, father, god. Sa is all forms of all things. Sa is the spirit-soul soil that forms the basis of all things and permeates all things. (BB147/154)
*More About Fetishes We All Have & Use, Especially In ReligionsFetish is a sign (symbol) of fidelity or faith. A fetish is the same thing as an amulet or magical charm. A fetish is a symbol of Sa. There was a divinity named Sau, or Ka, who was the author and creator god of fetish-figures which are identifiable as amulets, charms, knots, skins, and other things that were worn as types of protective power.
Since Sa means touch, the protecting power appealed to as the god of the fetish was the god of touch. The amulet brought the power nearer to be laid hold of, and made its presence veritable to this sense. Thus, Fetishism was a mode of Sign-language which supplied a tangible means of laying hold of the nature powers that were to some extent apprehended as superhuman without being comprehended. Hence the talisman, the amulet, or magical charm is worn as something tangible, a thing to touch or clutch hold of, on purpose to keep in touch with the power represented by the fetish. This god of touch still exists in Christianity, as amulets, charms, the cross, the rosary, and other fetish figures that are yet worn for protection, and are touched in time of need, to establish the physical link with the invisible Power with which it may be thought desirable to “keep in touch.” Not everything could serve as a fetish. There was no fetish without some special symbolic value known to those who read these natural hieroglyphics. (AE1 112/122) (NG1 72/90) With the prefix attached, Ka becomes Teka and Sa becomes Tesa which means to touch, attach, join together. Ka, Teka, Sa, Tesa or Touch is the name of the deity of emblems (fetishes); the Ka image being the spiritual likeness in the future life; the double of one’s self in this. These types include the mummy image, the Karast [Sahu], the tie-type of reproduction, the beetle scarab, the sun, moon and many other forms of symbols used as amulets, protective charms and to help humans maintain a sense of being in touch with a power, presence or deity or spirit-soul. (BB 193/205) Sa is the magical fluid imparted from one body to another by the laying on of hands or making passes as in hypnotizing. The Sa was a sort of ichor [liquor, fire water] that circulated in the veins of the gods and the glorified. This they could communicate to mortals, and thus give health, vigor, and new life. [This is why liquor as alcohol is called spirits because it warms and makes one feel vibrant in a deceptive way.]
By transmitting their Sa of life to mortals, the gods continually needed a fresh supply, and there was a Lake of Life in the northern celestial heaven, called the Lake of Sa, a place of healing where the gods went to refresh their magical fluid. (AE1 175/185)