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The History and Meaning of Prayer Beads, Tasbih Rosaries
Prayer beads do not belong to only one speciific culture. From the ancient times; we can see that different prayer beads types were used on different cultures and geographic locations.

Prayer beads are present in almost every culture; East Asia, India, Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Europe, America and Africa,
People know that; when they use the prayer beads, they provide positive energy to their users.



Pearl Prayer Beads
PEARL - Provides emotional balance, gives self-confidence.
Prayer beads are made of semi-precious stones, wood types such as wenge tree, olive tree, rosewood, cherry wood, walnut tree etc. They are also made of other precious materials such as; amber, coral, pearl, silver and gold. Most known gemstone or semi-precious beads (mineral based) are agate, amethyst, jade, onyx, jade, lapis lazuli, tiger's eye, sapphire, ruby, rutilated quartz, turquoise, aquamarine, chalcedony, labradorite etc.

The rosary used by Eastern Orthodox Christians also called as "Chotki" is made of knotted wool. Roman Catholics' rosary beads are composed of crucifix and center which can be made of sterling silver and gold, beads are usually made of glass, amethyst, rose quartz stone, crystal, black onyx, lavender glass or pearl.
Prayer Beads with Onyx
ONYX - Maintains concentration, helps getting out of addictions.
 
   

Prayer beads with Howlite Turquoise
HOWLITE TURQUOISE - Prevents anger, gives comfort and calmness. Effective against stress.
The number of beads also vary depending on the different religions, Islamic prayer beads "Tesbih", "Tasbih" or "Misbaha" usually have either ninety nine or thirty three beads, Buddhists and Hindu Brahmanists use "Japa Mala" usually consisting 27 bead malas, a divisor of 108, whereas Baha'i prayer beads consist of either 95 beads or 19 beads strung with the addition of five beads below. Sikhs use a Mala with 108 beads. Greek komboloi has an odd number of beads usually one more than a multiple of four, e.g. (4x4)+1, (5x4)+1. Roman Catholics use the "Rosary" (Latin "rosarium," meaning "rose garden") with 54 + additional 5 beads whereas Eastern Orthodox Christians use rosary with 100 knots, although prayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots can also be used.
 
Mala beads are made from the seeds of the rudraksha tree, the wood of the tulasi plant, wood or seeds from the Bodhi tree, seeds of the Lotus plantbone (animal, most commonly yak). Semi-precious stones such as carnelian and amethyst can also be used, the most common material is sandalwood. Baha'i prayer beads are made from wood, gemstone, glass beads or pearls. Greek komboloi are constructed from any type of bead, mostly preferred beads are amber resin (such as faturan) and coral.
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