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Waist Beads "Jigida"
Waist beads, also known as Jigida or belly beads, have traditionally been worn by African women since the 15th century to serve many purposes. They are worn visibly to let one know what tribe the woman is from or if the girl is now a "woman"
Beads were/are also worn when a woman got married and her husband will be the only person to ever see them. Most importantly, waist beads should not be shown, they are personal. As much as they have been considered as symbols of sacred knowledge, with healing powers, they have also appeared in offerings for the passage to future life. It is believed that they can be used during pregnancy to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Waist beads were worn as a way to show if a woman has gained or lost weight.
Now waist beads are worn as a fashion.
Waist beads can also be worn as lingerie.
What ever your reason is to wear a waist bead, please do so. They are absolutely beautiful and look amazing.
I make many different waist beads. Please contact me with specifics and I will custom make one for you.
Or, if you just want a certain color, let me know. I have many beads and a variety of styles/meanings.
The blue and White are to Yemeya Or Made de Agua
Red and White to Sieta De Rio Or Shango
The Lavender one is for St. Lazarus
The Woods are grounding....
Bead colors have many meanings:
Black - Protection and Power
Red - Confidence, Love, Vitality
Blue – Loyalty and truth
Brown – Earth and stability
Green – Abundance, fertility, nature and prosperity
Gold – Good health, power and wealth
Orange – Courage, self confidence and vitality
Pink – Care, beauty, love and kindness
Purple – Royalty, spirituality and wisdom
Red – Confidence and vitality
Turquoise – Communication and self awareness
White – Light, truth and purity
Yellow – Energy, joy and happiness
You can order my waist beads directly from me. Send me a message and let me know which one you may be interested in. Or, have something in mind: Colors, style, meanings, I can do that too.