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    Meaning of Symbols

    Meaning of Symbols

    The Zulu beadwork language is deceptively simple: it uses one basic geometric shape, the triangle, and seven basic colors. The triangle’s 3 corners represent the father, mother, and child. A triangle pointing down represents an unmarried woman; pointing up it represents an unmarried man. Two triangles joined at their bases represented a married woman, while two triangles joined at their points, in an hourglass shape, represent a married man.


    Meaning of Bead Colours
    The seven basic colors can be used to convey a negative or positive meaning, as follows:

    Black – marriage, regeneration sorrow, despair, death
    Blue – fidelity, a request ill feeling, hostility
    Yellow – wealth, a garden, industry, fertility thirst, badness, withering away
    Green – contentment, domestic bliss illness, discord
    Pink – high birth, an oath, promise poverty, laziness
    Red – physical love, strong emotion anger, heartache, impatience
    White – spiritual love, purity, virginity (no negative meaning)