are usually small round pieces of pierced glass, wood or metal strung
together to serve as adornment for the waist, neck or ankle beads.
Beads are common with females and they are an excellent tool for women
to feel more feminine and beautiful. These beautiful gemstone waist
beads are hand made and customized. The tradition of wearing beads is an
age long one, from time immemorial; it has been worn for varying
reasons by the royalty, for body adornment, deification and decoration.
wearing of beads on the waist was made popular by the Yorubas in
Nigeria. Overtime the culture of the use of beads has been associated
with both spiritual and material reasons. In some parts of Africa, the
beads are anointed in oils and the woman stands over a sm oked pot and
commences to ‘smo ke her self’.
practice aids in sensory pleasure for the man. Some beads are adorned
with bells, which is a signal to let the man know that the woman wants
to engage in se.xual intercourse. The Yorubas have a revered usage
attached to the waist beads. It is also worn as a form of birth control,
as a way of preventing obesity or also for their ‘healing’ and
refer to the waist bead as ILEKE or LAGIDIGBA is made of palm nut
shells string together, while the ‘bebe’ which is also worn around the
waist is made of glass.
Yorubas have a belief that the waist beads possess some erotic appeal
and have the power to incite desire or deep emotional response on men.
Waist Beads in Yoruba are also used for birth control, the beads are
laced with charms and worn by the women to prevent conception and were
also around the waist of baby girls to perfectly shape her buttocks.
are the days when beads have been thought to be worn by
‘UNSOPHISTICATED’, forward or slutty women alone, also different stories
abound on the usage of waist beads by ladies and some men who believe
they are infused or laced with charms or Juju or Juju will never touch a
woman wearing beads with a 10 foot pole for the fear of falling under
the supposed spell of such women.
a while, waist beads almost went into extinction but now the re
emergence of beads has added a new dimension into the craze among
Nigerian Ladies. While some men ablor it, some request their partners
get them as it makes them more sensual and attractive.