African ankle bracelets meaning? Many times, anklets or ankle bracelets mostly worn by ladies around the ankle attract disapproval from people in our society especially here in Nigeria.
Before I move further, I know this write up will stir up the door for series of hot arguments among friends and readers, on the basis of morality and personal views or exegesis.
As for me though, everyone’s views count but for the debaters, I have just a question for you. What does this reference book, the Bible, says concerning anklets or ankle bracelets?
The Bible made mention of anklets twice (Isaiah 3:16…..).
“Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
“In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, the chains, and the BRACELETS, and the mufflers, the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, the rings, and nose jewels, the changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, the glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.”
If you take a critical look at the verses just above, you will realize that Bible itself is not against wearing of anklets.
Therefore, if you are a debater or you have a strong dislike or opposition to ankle bracelets, the early you “switch carpet”, the better for you.
However, one of the loathed and bashed fashion sense is ankle bracelet, which was symbolic in ancient Africa, but it’s meanings aren’t as extended as they once were.
Still, the African culture or perhaps fashion culture imbibed in it is intact. Yes, I attest to that. But what does ankle bracelets mean?
African Ankle Bracelets Meaning?
Just as women wear wedding bands and engagement rings on their right or left ring finger, ankle bracelets once symbolized marital status for Africans.
Historically, anklets were a gift from the groom to the bride to make their wedding or nuptials official and known to their surroundings and world.
The first anklet dates back to ancient Egypt when it was feminine jewellery gifted to women by men, mostly to indicate marital status, just like the wedding and engagement rings.
Then, anklets could tell the fortune and the societal status of a woman. The bravery of a woman.
In Igbo tradition for instance, EZENWANYI or queen mother puts on anklets, which signified their status and power. Some anklets had sound too. To show that a female is around.
Queen mothers in Ghana wear anklets, and why do you think cultural dancers wear anklets while dancing?
But with colonization came foreign religion such as Christianity and Islam, which ended up corrupting the African mentality in its initial culture of wearing anklets.
Now with the mentality of foreign religion and culture, people see anklet to mean promiscuity, and people use anklets to identify bad and corrupt women or Ashawo.
Some say that the women that wear it are from the marine kingdom or have been initiated into the marine world.
Honestly, hypocrisy is having a problem with ankle bracelets and comfortably wearing necklaces and wrist bracelets.
In reality, anklets are signature of African queens as seen in Igbo culture, an identity on its own, it can be Cowries, beads, it can be precious stones, and it can equally be a fine chain.
But know that it promotes African culture, and makes one stand out. It has no marine or evil connotation.
In any situation whereby an anklet is been attached to things of the marine world or meant for promiscuity, then it depends on the individual’s intention. And that doesn’t signify the original meaning of anklets in African culture.
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