Interesting Things About African Waist Beads Many Women Don’t Know

Interesting Things About African Waist Beads Many Women Don’t Know

Waist beads are dated back as far as the 15th century and it is believed to be originated in ancient Egypt as part of their noticeable culture. Waist beads were worn by women with status, it was then called “girdle”. In West Africa, the waist bead tradition was popularised by the Yoruba tribe, Ghana, and Senegal which connotes femininity and affluence. It has been adopted in countries like Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone. A waist bead is a set of beads strung on a cotton cord. The beads are made from crystals, bone, glass, metal, wooden beads.

Waist beads has its origin traced to Africa that is why it is called African waist bead. Waist beads are called different names in West Africa, the Yoruba people call it “Bebedi”, the Igbo people call it “Mgbaji” and the Hausa people call it “Jigida”.

Waist beads are worn by Yoruba women to celebrate womanhood, fertility, healing, body shape, sexuality, protection, and status. It is considered as “African Lingerie”. It is majorly used for seduction, it has a way of catching attention and it is irresistible to the opposite sex.

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Ghana’s tradition mandates it for a man to buy his bride tsets of beads which includes the bracelet, anklets, necklace, and most importantly the waist beads as part of her dowry and her first property. It is only the husband that is allowed to remove it or see it clearly on their wedding night to mean that she’s off the market.

Multiple waist beads are worn to keep women in shape as it helps maintain weight and keep one in shape. It keeps the waist small and makes the hips more pronounced. The waist bead goes up when weight is gained and goes down when weight is lost. Waist beads appreciate women’s beauty no matter the size of the woman. It corrects bad posture (slouching).

Most Africans put it on because their culture demands them to wear it. They are raised like that and passed on to the next generation. At times, some cultures use waist beads to distinguish the ladies, children, and women. A bell is added to the waist bead for ladies looking for suitors so it will find and make noise as she moves and she intends to get the attention of possible suitors and they get the message that she’s old enough to get married.

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Waist beads are also used for spiritual purposes, healing, and rejuvenation purposes. It is worn when some are trying to conceive, some wear it to tie their men up somehow spiritually. Some use it also as a love charm. This is no longer popular because some men nowadays detest women that wear waist beads. Some use it as a means of protection especially for pregnant women, it protects the foetus and the mother. It can also be used to cure some ailments and it works as an enhancer.

The African waist beads have a way of making lovers grow intimate during sex. The presence of a waist bead gives an erotic pleasure due to the enhancement it gives to a woman’s physique and also the sound it makes while making out. The waist beads make the partner more attracted to the woman’s body. It gives women the medium of being versatile which requires them to switch waist beads made of different designs and colours to stimulate their men.

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Colour plays a significant role and cannot be looked down on when choosing a waist bead as they are intertwined and each colour has its meaning. Here are the colours and their meaning;

  • White – light, purity
  • Black – power, protection
  • Purple – royalty, spirituality, wisdom
  • Orange – courage, vitality
  • Blue – truth, loyalty
  • Green – nature, fertility, prosperity
  • Yellow – energy, happiness
  • Gold – wealth, power
  • Brown – earth
  • Red – confidence

The African waist bead is used to celebrate African aesthetics. It is used to promote cultural appreciation by African women. African women in the diaspora also wear it to remind them of the root they got separated from as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The African waist bead is made by African women for African women to celebrate culture and oneness.