Serena Williams Shows Cultural Importance of Braiding
The famous tennis player Serena Williams and her daughter just could not get any cuter. While William has often shared pictures of baby Olympia showing off her toothy giggles and long eyelashes. But this time, the star uploaded a picture of herself braiding her daughter’s hair. Alongside it, she reflected on the cultural importance of braiding, and what it means like to her when sharing the experience with her baby daughter.
What Is The Cultural Importance of Braiding?
As per Serena Williams caption, braiding initially began in Africa with Himba people of Namibia. In fact, in many tribes of Africa, braiding remained one unique way to identify people from one another. But in those times, it took a significantly long time for people to socialize with one another. So, it started with elders braiding the hair of their younger children while children watched and learned how to do it on their own. When this bonding tradition started, it continued to thrive for generations. But later, it quickly spread from Africa to all across the world.
Serena Williams added that she herself was happy to become a part of this tradition. By braiding her daughter’s hair, she bonded with her. The star player added that,
I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter and add another generation of historic traditions.
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Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. We have been braiding our hair for centuries. In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe. Because of the time it would take people would often take the time to socialize. It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world. I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter and add another generation of historic traditions. @olympiaohanian
Soon, her post exploded with happy fans commenting that she in fact was a real queen. Especially, since she knows her history. Others commented that she was doing great, and her daughter looked happy, so she should continue to educate her. Celebrities like Halle Berry chimed in their happiness, expressing she was glad to see the post getting so much attention.