A woman with beads around her waist.
Beads are commonly known as ‘shanga’ in Swahili. Women wear waist beads for different reasons.
These are small and spherical piece of material made from eaither wood, plastic or glass pierced for stringing on the waist. However, some are worn on the wrist, neck or ankles.
In Kenya for instance, women wear beads for their different reasons. Here are some of the reasons you will see most women wearing waist beads:
1 Juju beads
These are commonly among women from the coastal region. In the coast, the rate at which woman run for male tourists who tour the region is very high. However, it has always been a competition for the fittest. Many ladies in the region have resulted in going for juju beads to help them keep their men and even be a trend in a certain region
Most women are wearing beads cause men find them attractive and appealing with such items during love making. Most men are said to have found women wearing beads attractive and appealing. According to some, waist beads is a turn on for them.
3 Traditional practices
Most women wear waist beads for traditional purposes. In most African communities, it is believed that waist beads help to improve a woman’s curves. Therefore, ladies both young and old wear waist beads to enhance their curves and gave them a great shape.
4 Medication and Healing
Some women are said to wear waist beads to protect them from charm and also give them some healing. In some communities, waist beads are worn by pregnant women to help them heal stress, anxiety or even relax the nerves.
Some women wear waist beads to show love for their traditions and heritage.
In some communities, women are given waist beads to show their transformation from one stage of life to the other.