Waist beads are increasingly worn by women worldwide for cultural and fashion reasons.
Waist beads originated from African communities, especially those with kingdoms like Nigeria and Ghana where women in the royal families wore them and people would use the different patterns, sizes, qualities, and lengths to differentiate their status.
In most African countries like Nigeria, they see women who wear beads as a prostitute or someone who poses evil spirits.
In this article, we let you know different communities of women across the world have found different purposes and uses for wearing beads.
Some of the reasons are listed below:
Women in Nigerian, Sudanese, and Ghanaian communities wear waist beads as a representation of their culture. In countries where women wear beads to beautify themselves as cultural demands.
Spiritual Healing And Meditation
Some women who are deeply rooted in spirituality associate certain waist beads with the capacity to bring spiritual healing, peace, and sanity into their lives. They also wear them during meditation. They claim it helps bring protection to their heart, body, and soul. It is used against bad omens.
In traditional African societies, when women reached the age of courting, they would wear specific waist beads that produced a distinct sound. When these women walked past a group of men, they would be noticed, not just for their appearance but also for the sound of the beads. The sound of the beads was an important part of catching a man’s attention. Most men get sexually aroused when they see a woman with waist beads on.
The fashion industry has revolutionized by incorporating waist beads into their statements; models rock them on major runways. some women also wear it to show off.
Boost Of Confidence
Most women claim that they are more confident in their bodies when they have waist beads on.
Witchcraft And Charm
Some people believe that women wear anklets to perform charms, such as attracting a certain man or warding off bad spirits.