The Truth About Waist Beads | Are Waist Beads Evil?

History of Waist Beads 

It’s difficult to confirm exactly when people began wearing waist beads, but multiple sources have tied them back to ancient Africa (most notably West Africa) as well as some Egyptian cultures dating back as far as the 15th century.


Certain ethnic groups such as Krobo people participate in annual ceremonies where adolescent girls are initiated into adulthood, also known as "rites of passage." Waist beads symbolize the female child’s transition from childhood to adulthood, proof of her fertility and sexuality.


In some cultures, waist beads signify purity and are only to be taken off by her husband on their wedding night. Traditionally, waist beads are considered private, not to be seen by anyone except the wearer’s partner.


Cultures that typically wear waist beads/chains include:Curved woman in yellow themed African waist beads

  • Arabs
  • Indians
  • Europeans
  • Egyptian 

Many African cultures: Ghanaians, Senegalese, Yorubas, Igbos, Ewes, Ashantis, Krobos, and Ga-Adanbes


Misconceptions (Are Waist Beads evil?)

No! No inanimate object is evil! Only the people who use them for evil purposes! That's why it's so important to be careful who you purchase your beads from because you don't know what kind of energy may be attached to them.


Personally, I would recommend purchasing from Waist Beauty because every item is made with love, appreciation, and positive intentions.


Where did this misconception originate? 

1. In the past, waist beads have been seen to promote witchcraft and prostitution. In some African tribes, certain women would use them as charms to steal other women’s husbands. They would add traditional medicine and fragrances as well as certain crystals and stones to their waist beads that are said to attract men.


2. Christians firmly believe that waist beads are evil and that any woman wearing them are sinners. They believe that the waist beads were part of the demonic rituals performed in past in African cultures and that women who wear them cannot be born again and go to heaven.

Why would the wearers be considered sinners?

In the Bible, 1st Peter 3:3 - “Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner disposition of your heart, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 


As a Christian, I do not believe that the Bible is saying that these things make you a sinner. That's just like saying because I may have a wig on my head right now I am a sinner, or because I have my name on a gold chain, I am a sinner. My beauty and self-love do not come from these extra things, they only add to it.



From the very beginning, waist beads were only meant to be used as something beautiful and positive. However, over time the items were repurposed and certain misconceptions came to be. As the years go on and different cultures begin to adapt, they will surely gain new purposes.


Thank you for reading! I hope to have cleared up some things for you. If you have any questions feel free to DM us on Instagram @waistbeauty or email us at 


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