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Most of the times I have met women wearing chains and necklaces on their legs, some wear a leg and some wear both legs, and I start wondering what is the significance of this thing? I was very concerned to find out what this means, so I decided to ask only a few women what it means.

First, what is an anklet?

An anklet is a piece of jewellery — usually a chain or beads or both — that fashionable women ordinarily wear around their ankles as a fashion statement. Nigerians sometimes call it, ‘leg chain’ or ‘ankle chain’. It is also sometimes called ‘ankle bracelet’ in pop culture terms. They also usually come in different forms.Through history however, anklets have connoted different meanings to different cultures and yes, it does mean promiscuity to some cultures — ancient or contemporary times

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According to one woman with whom I talked, she said to me that it would be a fashion for those who wear it to follow trends, it was because they saw certain celebrities that wearing it on their bearings so that they believed it was a tendency for them to wear it too. However, some people did not know it ignorantly.

In India, they were mostly worn by married women to distinguish them in India while the ones with dangling bells were worn by dancers. Early forms of use also traces to ancient, predynastic Egypt where it was a form of class distinction — to tell rich from poor. Wives of rich men wore gold chains while the slaves, poor or plebeians wore silver, metallic or leather anklets.

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When a woman puts on a chain on her leg in here in Nigeria, it is the act of prostitution, and then when any man who sees a woman wearing it comes to a conclusion that she is a prostitute. Nevertheless, according to Wikipedia, any time a woman wears a chain on her chest, this implies that she is married, but also it implies that she is married, but still open to other people to support and promote her boyfriend.

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  1. But most times,Nigerian ladies wear it for fashion, but i hope they understand the meaning now.