Waist beads have become an important accessory worn by women all over the world for various reasons. However, their origin is traced back to the African community, especially those with kingdoms like Nigeria and Ghana where women in the royal families wore them and people would use the different patterns, sizes, qualities, and lengths to differentiate their status.
Different communities of women across the world have found different purposes and uses for them. Some of the reasons are listed below:
Most men get sexually aroused when they see a woman with waist beads on. In traditional African society, when women reached the ripe age for courting, they would wear specific waist beads that produce a certain sound such that when the ladies walked past a group of men, they would notice them, not just by how sexual the waist beads made them look but also the sound they made.
In current society, women wear them for sensuality. They claim that their men perform better in bed.
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There are certain communities where women have been raised wearing them and so it represents their culture. Such communities include Nigerian, Sudanese, and Ghanaian communities.
Some women who are deeply rooted in spirituality associate certain waist beads with the capacity to bring spiritual healing, peace, and sanity into their lives. They also wear them during meditation. They claim it helps bring protection to their heart, body, and soul. It is used against bad omen.
Women wear them to tone their bodies in such a way their waists are synched. It gives their physique an admirable definition.
Waist beads are also used to find out whether or not a woman has gained weight or if they are pregnant. The tighter they get, the more weight one has gained.
Women of different ages wear different waist beads to show their age group. When a woman is at the ripe age for marriage, men can easily identify them differentiating them from the younger ones.
The current fashion sense being so revolutionary, fashion houses all over the world have incorporated waist beads into their statements. You get to see models rock them during major runways during fashion events.
Most women claim that they are more confident in their bodies when they have waist beads on.
Most Indian women put them on during traditional Indians dances. The same applies to most African communities such as the Turkana.
Some people believe that some women wear them to perform some charms such as to win a certain man to herself or to chase away bad spirits.