Culture July 24, 2019 at 07:30 am

8 traditional African visual markers of marital status before the advent of wedding rings

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola July 24, 2019 at 07:30 am

July 24, 2019 at 07:30 am | Culture

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In a particular part of Kenya (Masai nation), the bride isn’t hugged during her wedding ceremony, everybody spits on her. First, her head is shaved_Photo: Rebel Circus

Wedding Necklace [Maasai Women of Kenya]

The Maasai tribe of Kenya is well known for its rich traditional handmade bead jewellery. This beadwork remains a major part of its existence and culture for many years as it is said that the Maasai women set time aside off work to craft beautiful necklaces, bracelets and pendants.

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Photo: Brookings Institution

Married Maasai women display their status by wearing Nborro, which is a long necklace with blue beads. This work of art tells other men that they are taken and cannot be approached. However, unmarried Maasai girls often wear a large flat beaded disc that surrounds the neck.

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A group of Maasai women_Photo: BBC


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