Buddhist Purple Sandalwood Necklace 8mm 108 Beads weighs 1.5 oz.
The Budhist prayer beads worn by Shaolin Monks are popular in China.
This Necklace can also be worn as a bracelet by wrapping it around you wrist several times.
In all Buddhist cultures, monks and lay practitioners use prayer beads or rosaries to help them count their prayers and incantations. In Sanskrit they are known as mala or Japa mala. They are usually round, but in some cases, they are carved in the form of human skulls, a reminder of the impermanence of life. Traditionally, Buddhist rosaries have 108 beads, representing the 108 human passions, or one mala counts as 100 mantras.
Even the beads that fasten the string together have a meaning: they symbolize the three jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the dharma (his teachings), and the Buddhist community. The string passing through the beads stands for the power of all the Buddhas that runs through everything.