Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kofi Kissi Dompere
Nyame or Onyame is the name of God, the Supreme Being in the Akan (from Ghana) conceptual system. Nyame corresponds to the spiritual idea of Deity. The Supreme Being is also referred to as Onyankopon as well as Odomankoma . Onyankopong in the Akan spiritual system represents the Supreme Being (Deity), whereas Odomankoma is an Infinite Being whose Beginning and End are unknown to humans. The three names, Nzame, Onyankopon, and Odomankoma, exist to identify the Supreme Creator, the Originator of the Universe, and the Infinite, respectively. He created all things, and he is continually creating and restructuring his universe. From philology and etymology, other names of African origin, such as Nyambi or Nzambi from East Africa, seem to have sameness as Nzame/Nyame. Nyame is one God that links the Akan religious belief system to monotheism. This is revealed by the fact that Nyame is one word in the Akan ...