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What are waist beads?

Waist beads are a traditional handmade African accessory composed of glass seed beads with/without crystals on a cotton or nylon string worn or wire around the waist or hips.

Ancient times as early as the 15th century, In Ghana, Nigeria and other West African Countries, waist beads are a symbol of adornment, feminine energy, fertility, sensuality, protection, status, celebration and spiritual well-being.

 In some parts of Africa, waist beads are anointed in oils. Waist beads still remain a intricate part of African culture. Today, in the Western world, waist beads have become so popular that they're used for aesthetic and practical purposes. They can be worn to gauge your weight and body shaping. Rather than using a scale to weigh yourself, waist beads can help you become aware of any weight changes in your abdomen. Wearing multiple waist beads over time can help with body shaping and accentuate your natural curves.

They are so comfortable, you don't even realize they’re on. Waist beads are not just for a slender body, they are for women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. There’s no right or wrong intention to wearing waist beads so wear them as you please. 


🚨Waist beads, Spirituality, and Christianity

When it comes to waist beads possessing special powers, Christian beliefs do not align with the school of thought of using traditional or fetish means to lure men or heal sicknesses.
Christians believe in only one God who is seen as a supreme being who they depend on for their healing or personal desires. As far back in the old testament in the bible which Christians use as a guide, One of the ten commandments states that Christians shall have no other gods before God(a supreme being which Christians serve) Also in the new testament, Jesus Christ who is the son of God is the only one that Christians are supposed to depend on for their problems or desires. Every other means should not be tolerated.

The use of waist beads as charms can clearly not be used by a Christian.

Waist beads and other uses.

There are other reasons why people wear waist beads, some of them are:-

Weight consciousness:- Some people wear it to track their weight loss or weight gain as an individual. If the beads get tighter, it signifies weight gain, but if they get loose, it means they have lost weight.

Beauty and Art:- waist beads are seen as a way for African women to adorn themselves; they are African ornaments.

Menstruation:- waist beads were also used during menstruation to hold menstrual cloths together by women in the olden days.

Symbol of femininity and sensuality:- some believe it helps to define a woman's waist and leave a lot to the imagination during intimacy. Some cultures believe only a woman's partner should be able to see it.

Waist beads are worn for different reasons depending on the situation or one's personal or spiritual beliefs.  It all boils down to the motive of the Christian. As a Christian, If your incentives are to gain the spiritual benefits from wearing waist beads or lure men, you should reevaluate your decision because Christian values and beliefs do not align with that. However, as a Christian, if your reasons for wearing waist beads are just for beauty or to track weight gain or loss provided it is not related to anything fetish or spiritual, then yes, you can wear waist beads.