Must Read: Top Reasons Why Women Wear Waist Beads
Waist beads are often worn by African women and it holds certain fascination for many. The beautiful stream of color blending could be one of the
reasons for this fascination or the way a woman’s lower body moves when this ornament is worn could be another.
It has been named according to the tribes wearing them. In northern Nigeria, it is called ‘Jigida’ while
the Yorubas refer to it as ‘Bebedi’.
Women’s sexuality in Africa as a whole is attached to a woman’s bum and the beads help women sway and show off this feature. Although much
sentiment is attached to the use of this ornament, some ladies don’t mind wearing them. This
present day generation doesn’t see the need to wear beads around the waist in order to make the
bum shake; they would rather ‘twerk’ and shake
the bum harder than those wearing the waist
The wearing of beads is thought to be obscene,
local and primitive. Most parents wouldn’t allow
their young ones wear them. It is seen as
something dirty which is meant for ladies or
children with no moral upbringing. It is believed
that whoever wears them is wayward and is trying
desperately to attract men with it. This
misconception has not discouraged the true lovers
of waist beads. They hold special admiration for it.
The waist beads in truth are associated with sex
and sexuality. It has the ability to stir deep erotic
feelings in men. Sexual pleasure is heightened
when men see waist beads resting seductively on
a woman’s hips. The beads make the women
aware of themselves and the power wielded round
their sexuality. The waist, hips, bum and thighs
become the focal point of attention when the bead
is worn. Feminism and beauty is enhanced with
the wearing of waist beads. Young girls wear waist
beads to show they are growing into young
beautiful women that are ready for marriage.
As interesting as the culture of bead wearing is, it
also has some issues of spirituality attached to it.
Waist beads are believed by many to have been
dipped and soaked in some remedies to entice,
charm and trap men. In the past, charmed beads
were worn to protect women against certain forces
that may be radiating negative energy around
them. In pregnancy, it is believed to be a protector
of the unborn baby and the mother. Charmed
beads also help the women improve their sexual
prowess while acting as some sort of birth control.
This issue of spirituality attached to the bead is a
major turn off for some men who believe they may
never be able to get out of the claws of a woman
wearing them once they are trapped.
The wearing of waist beads has extended to the
shores of the Western and European world as belly
dancers and pole workers have developed an
affinity for it. Body movements are accentuated
when beads are being worn.
The confidence of many the women who wear
waist beads is boosted with the strings of beads
round their waist. They are able to prolong sexual
activities as the men run their fingers over the
beads during foreplay. The sound and feel of the
beads between two heated bodies during love
making creates a sea of excitement for them.