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EPA- “handcuffs.” This is the symbol for captivity and slavery. Handcuffs were introduced as a result of the slave trade. It later became popular among chiefs in cuffing offenders of the law. Anyone who is handcuffed becomes a slave and captive of the captor. It reminds offenders of the uncompromising nature of the law. It however discourages all forms of slavery, and is also a symbol for justice.

An illustrated guide to the African symbols called Adinkra used in Ghana, West Africa, with an adinkra index and high-quality adinkra images.