Those who use beads
The head that will wear a
crown of riches,
Emerges from a shining brass colander! (has chosen a good destiny)
The neck that will wear a double necklace of beads,
like okun beads.
Emerges from a shining brass colander!
Beads of the waist that will wear a fine garment,
A royal robe that glitters brightly.
Emerges from a shining brass colander...
When threaded together, beads stand for unity, togetherness, and solidarity.
Like the wrapped bundle of atoori (wooden sticks) on an ancestral
altar symbolizing family cohesiveness, or like the segments of a bamboo
stem connoting continuity over time, beads symbolize generation and regeneration.
Encircling parts of the body (i.e., head, neck, arms, wrists, waist, legs,
ankles, toes), beads literally and symbolically "tie up", seal in, protect,
and enclose unseen forces that make up the inner, spiritual essence (ase)
of persons (and things). In a sense, the body is "threaded" with
pierced forms-- bracelets, necklaces, rings, and anklets-- that proclaim
the powers of transcendence and the interconnectedness of spiritual and
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