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Wamukota X
03-16-2006, 01:59 PM
A Short History of
Ashanti Gold Weights

Since gold was always kept as dust (not as worked objects, or as ingots with fixed values), scales and weights were always required. They were already in use when the Portuguese arrived in the late 15th century

The vast gold fields of Africa have produced not only great wealth, but have generated trade and art works. In Ashanti (present-day Ghana ), a set of scales, and of brass weights for measuring out gold-dust, the local currency, was a treasured item for everyone, and their neighbours, and the vast quantities of gold mined and panned within the Asante kingdom were used for trading with outsiders, for making regalia and personal adornment, and as an internal currency.

Also this is where the Nazi got their symbol and perverted it.


03-16-2006, 08:48 PM
ahh the infamous swastika. BTW Its a universal symbol in sanscrit meaning Good Luck. Aryana, the first "white" empire existed in present day Central Asia (-stans)