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 African cultures. In more recent years they’ve gained popularity among women in the West.
Waist beads can be visible as a symbol of femininity, celebration, or aristocracy, or hidden as a way of self-care or confidence or intimate appeal. There are many reasons why waist beads were, and still are, an intricate aspect of African (and now American) culture.
. A Symbol of Femininity and Sensuality – For some women they would wear their beads under their clothes – which only allowed their lover to see them as a meaning of sanctity and purity between the two
2. Rites of Passage & Symbols of Growth
3. Measurements and Body Shaping
4. Colors and Meaning
Speaking of intention, the colors of the beads also have very specific significations. These meanings may vary from tribe to tribe, culture to culture, and they’re open to interpretation, but traditionally:
Blue: knowledge, healing, peace, truth, harmony — a cooling color symbolizing faith, devotion, deep insight.
Green: prosperity, hope, harmony, healing and ripening, generous, humble.
Red: self-confidence, vitality, sexual energy, passion, courage.
Yellow: wisdom, knowledge, clarity, increasing awareness, and calming nerves.
MODERN USES OF WAIST BEADS
Today many waist bead artists incorporate folk healing technologies into their designs, such as crystals, chakra healing, or intention setting.
On the other hand , It is believed by some that these waist beads are from marine spirits and are demon-possessed. This statement can be true depending on the origin and maker of the beads, as the beads can be laced with charms and juju.
In truth, anything that is dedicated to spirits should be avoided by Christians. If the beads have charms or were made for “protection” then they should be avoided too. If the seller seems diabolical you definitely should not buy.
Other ladies use them for just beauty purposes and nothing more.
However even up to today, some ladies use this to lure men into loving them. They believe it has some magic
What are your reasons of wearing waist bead ? share with us your thoughts