Traditional West African tie-on waist beads intended for long term wear (no elastic/clasp).
Named in honor of Luiza Mahin, a strategist and key role in the Male Revolt in Bahia, Brazil, these pearl and gold waist beads reflect Mahin's speculated relation to West African royalty, her mother formerly enslaved and taken from Ghana. This enigmatic figure was never caught nor captured following the revolts, but her whereabouts afterwards is shrouded in mystery. She sent messages in Arabic while organizing the rebellions and escape plans, as there were was a large number of Africans dedicated to Islam in Bahia resisting Christianity.
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