Ashé/Ase (ah-SHAY)

Ashe is a component of the African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make whatever one says happen, produce change and  command authority. It can be used in a variety of contexts and in my opinion is comparable to the Chinese philosophy of ch’i/qi (chee).
Ashe is in every living and non-living thing, it is the life force that drives. Its important to point out that this is a force that is transmissible; conducted by material or symbolic meanings and can be accumulated.
In it’s spiritual context it means “so let it be/ may it be so”. Depending on what you believe Ashe can be used interchangeably with amen.




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  1. Great piece! Yoruba people believe in the power of words even in normal everyday conversation. One thing though, it’s actually pronounced ashè (aṣẹ) with the ‘e’ like in the word bet


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