Broom for broom jumping ceremony?

  1. Hey, I was wondering if any of you knew where I could find a broom, like the kind that are used in the African-American broom jumping ceremonies? I've been checking on the internet, but the only ones I can find so far cost an arm and a leg and are already decorated.

    Thanks!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Saw beautiful handmade ones at a Rennaissance Faire. Expensive for sweepin. Perhaps not for a wedding.
  4. by   Tweety
    African-American broom jumping ceremony???? I've lived in the South my entire life among large populations of African Americans and never heard of that. I feel left out. Please give a lesson and post a pic. Thanks.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Read Alex Haleys "Roots" or try to rent it. It was an excellent TV mini series in the 1070s. Lavar Burton made his debut on that show. Before 'Reading Rainbow & Star Trek.
    Your youth is showing.

    To my knowledge this ceremony came to the US from west Africa via people kidnapped as slaves. Slaves were not allowed to marry. (Masters and SOME clergy felt they were not quite human).
    It was nearly replaced by conventional wedding ceremonies until some people started combining the two for tradition, history, and pride.
  6. by   coffeehound
    Berea College Crafts has a selection of hand made and dyed brooms made by its students. They have a couple that are really pricey ($52) but they also have some harvest brooms and mountain willow handled brooms that are more like $25. You would still need to add your own ribbons and/or flowers, but I like the look of the handmade ones so much better. Try a search for "Colonial Broom" to get more sources for brooms that are a little more unique. Good luck!
  7. by   dianah
    Try Asian food markets. Have seen some brooms propped up in them, and an African-American friend recently purchased one at a similar store, for a similar ceremony. Best of luck! -- D
  8. by   CashewLPN
    hmm.... if i'm not mistaken, the type of broom you need may be available in pagan/new age shops.... A broom (besom) is a usual tool in many pagans homes.... usually, they stock different styles, plain and decorated.... or, you can check out azuregreen.com

    --Barbara
  9. by   NICU_Nurse
    Oh, thank you all so much! :kiss :kiss :kiss

    I have a friend at work who is getting married in a month, and I saw her looking on the internet for something the other night, but she said that they were all too expensive (not to mention, most of the ones I've seen are tacky as all get out), and I really want to make her one to use in her wedding. They don't have a lot of money, and I want to make her one that is nice enough to hang up later if she wants, but also incorporate some elements into it that are symbolic.

    I'm going to check out those sites right now!! What I was looking for was one that had a sort of natural wood handle and natural bristles, as opposed to the type of broom pictured below.

    3rdShift, you're not alone! My husband had never heard of it, either.

    Jumping the broom is a ceremony that is frequently incorporated into weddings that give a nod to African-American history. The broom symbolizes purification or a new beginning for the couple (as in, the broom symbolically sweeps away their past lives before they were together, or past mistakes, or lonliness, or whatever). Sometimes the couple will use the broom to sweep a circle around the minister or designated "other" who reads to/tells the guests about the ceremony and what it means to the couple and its historical meaning. Then the broom is placed on the floor and the couple literally jumps over it to the other side to signify the beginning of their life together.

    This is an excerpt from a web site:

    Shortly after the introduction of slavery to the country, the right to legal marriage was taken away from the enslaved. Slaveholders considered the Africans property, and as property, they had no rights in the eyes of the law. The owners also feared that legal marriage and family bonds had the potential to lead to organization and revolt. Marriage rituals were important events to the Africans who came from numerous richly ceremonial cultures. When faced with the loss of the right to marry, many, ingrained with the significance of the marriage since childhood, created new rituals with what was on hand. Taking vows in the presence of a witness and then leaping over the handle of a broom became the common practice to create a recognized union. Incorporating "jumping the broom" into modern weddings is just one way African Americans today celebrate their cultural heritage.



    I was thinking of incorporating cowrie shells (for fertility) into the decorations; anyone know of anything else (herbs, colors, types of flowers, etc.) that I could use? I want to make it very special.

    Thank you again and again and again! I'm going to check out those sites now. I think we have a Pagan/Wiccan store somewhere in the FQ. If I can't find anything affordable on the internet, I'll go there and see if they can help me.
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Aug 18, '03
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    Handmade brooms:
    http://www.imperialbroom.com/wedding_broom.htm

    Brooms less than $20.00
    http://www.swahili-imports.com/odds_...3&theSection=6

    I'd try ethnic stores in your area, have even seen them at Michael's Craft shop in my area


    Wording on Enclosed Card

    "Our ancestors saw the wedding broom not only as the threshold of the Holy Land of Matrimony, but as a means of sweeping away
    evil from the paths of their lives. We have jumped the wedding broom today; as a vow to remember our past with pride to
    re-claim and relate our heritage and our customs and to sweep away hatred, cruelty and prejudice from our paths,

    Thank you,
    For celebrating our union and our heritage
    and for remembering with us
    http://www.stuartscreations.com/mlbroom.htm

    Ceremony + verse, including book excerpts of Harriette Cole's "Jumping the Broom: The African-American Wedding Planner" and "Jumping the Broom: Wedding Workbook:
    http://www.foreverwed2.com/African_A...gthebroom.html


    Pictures of Brooms:
    http://community-2.webtv.net/carhath...HORSwhereyour/

    BROOM JUMPING CEREMONY -- African and other cultures
    http://www.djcrazy.com/a12vow31.htm

    What a great personalized gift to create!!!
  11. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    Read Alex Haleys "Roots" or try to rent it. It was an excellent TV mini series in the 1070s. Lavar Burton made his debut on that show. Before 'Reading Rainbow & Star Trek.
    Your youth is showing.

    To my knowledge this ceremony came to the US from west Africa via people kidnapped as slaves. Slaves were not allowed to marry. (Masters and SOME clergy felt they were not quite human).
    It was nearly replaced by conventional wedding ceremonies until some people started combining the two for tradition, history, and pride.

    If you are talking to me, let me kiss you since you said "you're youth is showing". LOL I only saw bits and pieces of Roots when it aired, but my parents were riveted to the screen when it was on. I'm 44.

    I just asked my spouse about the brooms, without mentioning Roots, and he said "yes I've heard of those brooms, it was a famous scene in Roots..." Guess I missed out. Guess I've missed out because, believe it or not I've never been to a wedding, either African American or otherwises. Have been to several same-sex holy unions though. Guess I'm sheltered. LOL
  12. by   rebel_red
    Tweety,

    Next time I get married (snort!), you are invited. Of course by that time I'll need help getting my walker over the broom.

    Tres
    who if ya really want can send you a video copy of her original church wedding cheap.......
  13. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by rebel_red
    Tweety,

    Next time I get married (snort!), you are invited. Of course by that time I'll need help getting my walker over the broom.
    :roll :roll :roll :roll
  14. by   AussieAIN
    original quote by spacenurse

    Read Alex Haleys "Roots" or try to rent it. It was an excellent TV mini series in the 1070s. Lavar Burton made his debut on that show. Before 'Reading Rainbow & Star Trek.
    Your youth is showing.



    Spacenurse I really hope you ment the1970's. I didn't think they had TV in the 1070's and if they did your really showing your age!

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