Genuine 108 bead mala necklace made with 8mm Yak bone beads strung on cotton cording.
Using a bone mala is a reminder of impermanence. Accepting the reality of impermanence helps us to focus on living in the present moment. Yak bone is said to maintain good blood circulation.
Approximately 16 inches long doubled (32 inches total length). Handcrafted in Nepal
A Mala (Sanskrit: mālā, meaning garland) is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made from 108 beads, though other numbers are also used. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This practice is known in Sanskrit as Japa. Mantras are typically repeated hundreds or even thousands of times.
The mala is used so that one can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions. One repetition is usually said for each bead while turning the thumb clockwise around each bead, though some traditions or practices may call for counter clockwise motion or specific finger usage. When arriving at the head bead, one turns the mala around and then goes back in the opposing direction.