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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Long Aprons [Ndebele married women of South Africa]

The Ndebele tribe has been identified as one of the Nguni tribes considered to present nearly two-thirds of South Africa’s black population. Ndebele women like to look elegant and always have a variety of ornaments to show class. After marriage, they wear copper and brass rings around their arm and legs – this signifies the bond to her husband. Married women also wore a five-fingered apron (called an ijogolo) to mark the culmination of the marriage.

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