Thursday, August 10, 2006

Artist Alter of Intention : (33) Tibetan Mala Prayer Beads

Another gift from Judy's travels (there seem to quite a few of those) this strand of Tibetan prayer beads have been on my alter since Seattle. Mala bead strands are used to count mantras or prayer repetitions. Traditionally, they consist of 108 beads. The large bead (usually with a red tassel) is called the "guru bead" and symbolizes the teacher. This strand is made of traditional bone beads, finished off with a guru bead end made of Kadamwood. Another way one spiritual belief is similar to another, as I see this as similar in intent to a rosary.

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