In Africa, these Bodom beads are held in the highest esteem and usually only worn for celebrations, funerals, and are often buried with the dead. There is much folklore about their magical powers as well.
These impressive beads are still being made today in the same painstaking and labour intensive way as the ancestors. To see these beads being made please check out the blog, the Bodom.
This Bodom Bead is a squashed bicone and is 2.5mmH x 4.3mmW . This large bead is black with a rust red,yellow, light blue and dark green (dark blue is sold) ‘evil eye’ design. The hole is about .5 mm. The bead has a rough, earthy, organic feel to it.
The belief in the ‘evil eye’ dates back thousands of years. It is one of the strongest symbolic symbols in the world. Wearing an evil eye as an amulet is believed to protect the wearer from evil forces. The evil eye has symbolism in practically every country in the world and every religion. Very powerful stuff!