One day when Steve and I were selling our wares at a craft fair, a lady asked if we had any African Elephant Hair Bracelets. No, I replied, please tell me more. She said the bracelets bring good health and she wanted to purchase one for her father who was not feeling well. That was the beginning of my search to know more about the African Elephant Hair Bracelet. The following is what I learned.
Elephants have been part of African culture as far back as the cave art and petroglyphs. The elephant is revered for its strength, beauty, spirit, cooperative nature, stamina, intelligence and loyalty.
People believe that wearing an African Elephant Hair Bracelet will bring them good luck and ward off illness. The legend of the African Elephant Hair Bracelet dates back some 1500 years.
Some Elephant Hair Bracelets have two knots. One knot represents the earth’s fertility and ancestors. The second knot represents nature’s spirits and forces. The bracelet is believed to create balance between nature and earth.
The four knot bracelet represents Mother Nature: fire, sun, water and wind. The strands of the elephant hair which pass through the knots represent the four seasons of the year.
The movement of the knots along the cord represents the forces of nature and continual evolution. It is believed that it helps bring strength, good luck, and fortune to the wearer.
The African Elephant Hair Bracelet is made from the tail hair of the elephant. This was originally collected from the bushes and tree branches along the trails the elephants used. The hair of a mature elephant is thick and long and may have to be cut into pieces for use. It is sturdy and lasts a long time.
I hope you have enjoyed the story and I could say that I can offer you an original African Elephant Hair Bracelet, but there is a second story.
The beautiful majestic African Elephant has been illegally hunted for their ivory tusks. Additionally, they are being poached for their hair and their skin that is made into leather.
Africa-facts.org states that in some parts of the world it is illegal to own an Elephant Hair Bracelet. For this reason, people have chosen to copy the style and make the bracelet using metals.
The bracelet we offer at Brogan-Arts.com is made of brass. It has four knots symbolizing the powerful forces of life: the sun, wind, fire and water. The strands, which circle through the knots depict the seasons of the year. Movement of the knots along the wire blends the forces of nature with life’s continuous evolutions and brings strength to the wearer.
I enjoy wearing my bracelet. When the knots move, the stands move and I am reminded how life changes daily. My bracelet has been a great source of encouragement to me. I may not always understand what is happening when, but just as I move the knots and straighten out the strands, my life goes on. It is all good. There is always hope for a better tomorrow.
I like to think that one receives all the same benefits from a metal bracelet without taking the life of an elephant. Believing in a legend is sometimes what makes it real.
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