Beads are very important in our daily lives and play significant roles. From the days of our great grand parents, beads play crucial roles in our cultural activities like festivals, funerals, naming ceremonies etc. Just like medals, ribbons and certificates, many ancient and modern-day cultures use beads to show bravery and accomplishment.
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They have long been used to protect warriors from natural and supernatural enemies, along with lending special magical protection for heroes during long journeys.
But, to women especially, beads become much more important and you will want to find out why it is so.
Waist beads have a long history in Africa and are worn for various reasons and purposes.
They are a symbol and celebration of womanhood, sexuality, femininity, fertility, healing, spirituality, body shaping, first menses, protection, seduction, and wealth, amongst other things.
Traditionally, mothers adorned their daughters with waist beads during their first menstruation as a rite of passage into womanhood. The beads symbolised a young lady’s fertility, developing body, and her sexuality.
A young lady’s beads were adorned with bells to let possible suitors know that she was at the right stage for reproduction.
In many cultures the waist beads symbolised a young woman’s purity and were only to be taken off by her husband on their wedding night.
Most waist beads are worn under clothing and are a private affair.
Waist beads were and still are worn for seduction. For some, the beads possess intimate appeal and can provoke desire. Some women are said to lace their beads with charms and fragrances that are recommended to be irresistible to the opposite sex.
Some women wear different shapes of beads during intimacy as a means of enhancing the sexual experience of her and her partner.
The beads to some women resemble what lingerie is to Western women. Wives would often lure their husbands with the rattle of the beads or use them as a means to communicate their fertility during the month.
Beads possess that natural abilities to attract the opposite a man and women know this and so will always entice their men with beads on their waist. Beads come in different colour and shapes and each colour and shape has a meaning thats well conveyed by the one wearing it. This must be understood so as not to misinform the public.
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• When stones are added, waist beads take on healing qualities. Depending on the ailment or what needs to be enhanced (i.e. love, psychic powers, balancing), various semi-precious stones can be included in the design of waist beads.
Traditional practicing people believe that beads possess healing qualities depending on what one is suffering from.