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Re: zulu bead fact

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The Colliers (atla)
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 13:35:05 +0200

Hi all,

If anyone wants a picture of one, let me know. Also, if you want the
meaning of the colours


Tracey in a very wet South Africa

Teri Sanford wrote:

> This might make an interesting lesson...
> How do Zulus say "Be my valentine?"
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> In western culture, someone might offer flowers or a card to a
> prospective mate. In Africa's Zulu culture, the equivalent is a
> beaded necklace called an ibheqe. Just as different kinds of
> flowers
> mean different things, different patterns in the ibheqe have
> different meanings to the Zulus.
> The Zulu bead code is quite sophisticated. The basic form is a
> triangle, pointing down for a man and up for a woman. Seven
> colors
> of beads are combined in various ways, and each color (except
> white)
> has either a positive or a negative meaning.
> Beaded necklaces are also worn to show various kinds of
> information
> about the wearer, such as whether he or she is looking for a
> mate,
> whether or not he or she has brothers, sisters, spouse, or
> children,
> and the wearer's place of origin.
> More about the Zulu bead code: