In some countries in Africa and Asia, the port at the foot, called ankle bracelets, rings and chains is part of the habits and customs. In ancient Egypt, women who were wearing were considered to be prostitutes. In Côte d’Ivoire, this phenomenon has grown. These jewels are a touch of beauty that many women and young girls bring to their toilet. A foray into their universe to understand why these women wear these accessories.
The bracelet ankle, commonly known as string at the foot, is an item of jewelry from India and traditionally worn by the fairer sex. Indeed, in India, the ankle bracelets usually adorn bare feet and complete the adornment of the foot formed by toe rings. The ankle bracelet is, in its most traditional form, in gold or silver, but today there are bracelets made of other materials. In Abidjan, they are more and more numerous, the girls and women who wear rings toes and chains and beads, still called “baya”, to the kidney. “These jewels are often made with precious metals: gold, silver or with several metals alloys.
Adjamé, important shopping center of the payhelpcenter, many women sell these beauty ankle bracelets. During a visit in this place of trade, we have hired chat with one of the vendors of channels. “I sell channels to the foot and the kidney. This dress and makes the elegant women. It’s nice to see a woman with a string at the foot, especially when it has slightly big feet. I assure you that this trade is big, because I have 15,000 or 25,000 CFA francs per day. Customers come every day,”says Jason.
The foot and the kidney or hip channels are available in several colors, according to the taste of the customers. Some 100 meters from the shopping, a group of half a dozen girls surrounds a jewelry saleswoman. “They deliver to us willingly, their opinions on these sets:” I like the foot jewelry because they adorn. So, I asked my friends to come with me so that I buy. “Hip chains give me a certain elegance and my man love to see them on my body”, says Tina. “One of her friends issues rather a contrary opinion:” me, on the other hand, when I see a girl or a lady with a string at the foot, I put it in a well defined category, that of prostitutes. We are more in the time of slavery to us around with chains at the foot. This isn’t a passing fad, it’s just a way to be characterised. The string to the kidney or the size, is even better, because it is under the clothes. In any case, me I wear to seduce my man. And it’s the baya I prefer, because it is made from pearls “, means mercy N.
The word is dropped, these jewels, including chains and pearls to the kidney, are worn by women to seduce men. These objects are, according to those who wear, irresistible power of seduction over men. In view of these jewels that surround a pool of dream, many men lose their heads. Women are well aware, that put the price to get the most attractive jewelry.
We then focused on the town of Cocody, where we meet Lady Bernice o., which gives rather a different explanation of the port of pearls “it must be recognized that today ‘ today, many of us wear these accessories. It is fashionable, they serve to highlight us and put our beauty highlight. By cons for the baya, our moms tell us it’s good for babies, because this allows them to have a nice shape. I know that these accessories are eye-catching style “, she says.
What says the religion of these beauty accessories
Needless to say, in ancient Egypt, women who wore these accessories were, for the people, a debauched, i.e. prostitutes. Religion does not exclude fashion or modernism, but this is the way to use that is the problem. Religion doesn’t contradict any form of modernism, but it is based on certain principles. Some Christians view the channels at the foot and hip as a sign of belonging to a demon or spirit.
In Koumassi, Bah Imran imam sheds light on the question. “According to studies that I’ve done, Muslim women must hide their body. There is a Koranic verse that says that “the woman’s body must be covered, with the exception of the face and wrists ‘.” On bracelets at the foot, the channels in the kidney, it is not forbidden, if and only if these women or young girls wear them to show their husband only. Islam prohibits a woman wearing these accessories to show them or to be seen by others. Regarding the men, God has even forbidden to wear the bracelets, they can just wear rings and preferably, those white silver “, a t – he explained.»
The Catholic clergy also has his opinion on the matter. “A priest gives us what he thinks of the subject:” frankly, since my childhood, I would have learned that women or girls who wear chains on the foot are lesbians (homosexual). I don’t think that it’s all women who wear. It should be noted that “bayas” were worn by our moms with their “kodjo” (piece of loincloth worn by women as a regular towel). Today, some women use bayas them to bewitch men and extort money. On the other hand, others strings to the kidney or the hip with their initials engraved. Certainly, it is the effect of fashion, but in the effect of mode, smart strike. The evil spirit uses fashion to lead the human being to perdition. The Bible tells us that “everything is permissible but all don’t we is not useful”, said Fr. Denis Joseph, vicar at the Church Holy Bernadette Marcory – East. ” He lets us know, moreover, that these assets are sometimes distinctive signs of homosexuals.
Fashion, these jewels that are likely elsewhere than here where it counts, are variously appreciated. If they repel some, others however thrive or even appreciate them. Only those or those who wear them, know what they bring to their charm and their ability of seduction. In all cases, these jewels are far from unanimous, as fashion also.