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Re: zulu bead fact

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Carla Schiller (teachercbs)
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 11:03:54 -0500


Tracey - I'd love a picture of one and the meanings of the colors, and I'll
bet a lot of people in this group would, too. Any way you can post the info
on the Net?
--Carla

The Colliers wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> If anyone wants a picture of one, let me know. Also, if you want the
> meaning of the colours
>
> Regrds
>
> Tracey in a very wet South Africa
>
> Teri Sanford wrote:
>
> > This might make an interesting lesson...
> >
> > How do Zulus say "Be my valentine?"
> >
> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > 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:
> > http://www.edunetconnect.com/cat/soccult/afrval.html
> > http://www.natal.co.za/zulu/neck.htm