WAIST BEADS: The Unique Truth About Waist Beads Have Been Finally Revealed. See Details
What is waist bead and what do you know about waist beads? However, I carried out a brief research on waist beads using few people. I found out that out of 30 respondents(15 ladies and 15 gents). 53% that is, 9 gents and 7 ladies, of them love waist beads, 37% that is, 4 gents and 7 ladies,of them don't like waist beads at all and then 10% that is, 2gents and 1lady,of them is apathetic to waste beads.
However, in the course of the interview, one of the male respondents who reacted negatively to it asked of it's our culture and the other likened it to a voodoo(diabolic nature). The other lady opined that her mum dislikes it because she has reservations towards it which boils down to "waywardness". You don't cut people with bayonets because of their beliefs on something, it's even noble to educate them properly on the matter.
Waist beads are a traditional African accessory that consist of small glass beads on a string or wire worn around the waist or hips. They come in different colors and shapes and may also include decorative stones, crystals, or charms. Waist beads have been worn for centuries by women in many West African cultures. In more recent years they’ve gained popularity among women in the West. They’re also referred to as belly beads, waistline beads, or beaded waist chains. In Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and other West African countries, waist beads are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being. Today, in both Africa and the United States, women use waist beads for aesthetic and practical purposes.
Moreover, the question of link between waist beads and Africa Civilization(Igbo Civilization specifically), waist beads have been there before the first Portuguese set foot on the soil of Igbo land. Some believe that waist beads are 'modern day thing' but it's really not. Prior to advent of the Europeans to West Africa, our people have known waist beads culture. Ask me how, In Igbo land, every woman whether old or young, rich or poor, beautiful or ugly wore the beads. Locally, it's known as Jigida(not Aka) and they have make up kits as well. In this kit of ornaments lie: Ufie(use on the lips as lipstick), Ötangele(used as eyeshadow and eyeliner), Uli(used to colour the sole of the feet and palm), Black inks( used in drawing patterns on the arm, chest, face, etc, Mgba n'aka(wrist bands), Mgba n'ukwu(anklets) and Mgba n'ùkwú(waist beads). The waist beads were used to crown it all. In those days every maiden wore it everytime and go everywhere with it be it stream, market or bush to fetch firewood even in the kitchen. This was the culture of women especially maidens who were prospectives of marriage. Young men too were attracted to them seeing how neat and beautiful they were on their waist. These waist beads were gifted by mothers to daughters on their wedding day, it could be red of white and thicker than the mordern waist beads.
In addition, this was all before the white man came and when the acculturation came, we lost this sense of fashion to western fashion but today our ladies are embracing it and there's nothing wrong with it. The morden waist beads took different shapes, color and materials unlike the ancient ones but still it serves same purpose. "Different strokes for different folks".
However, though some believe that it's diabolic and charm to tie or enchant a man. It's actually true in some cases. Jaruma for an example sold what was called 'blue eye beads' on social media which was used by wives to control their husbands and some use it to charm and tie men down. But this is just the tiniest fraction of those that wear waist beads. Some use waist beads to measure growth to know if they are adding or reducing, some use it to count their menstrual cycle. But 82% of people that use waist beads for in aesthetic line. They use it to specifically for beautification purpose.
In Conclusion, some women love to wear waist beads but because of the stigmatization attached to it by uninformed fellows, they fear to incorporate it into their fashion. These people feel that every lady who wears it is wayward or somewhat fetish but *it's not true*. Some who don't like it were as a result of what they heard about it from other people who loathe it. So the purpose of the talk was to correct that misconceptions and also promote femininity and beauty associated with it. Get waist beads if you fancy them and free your mind from the negative remarks few people make about them.
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