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Mala (Prayer Beads)

The History and Meaning of Mala (Prayer Beads)

First created in India over 3000 years ago. Now, over half of the world's population use mala or prayer beads as part of their religious practices. Prayer beads have a variety of forms and meanings but the basic purpose is the same: to assist the worshiper in reciting and counting specific prayers or incantations. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism are the major religions that use prayer beads in important ritualistic roles.