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Malas, or to use their Tibetan name 'tenwa', are strings of beads with a variety of uses. Their main use in Tibetan Buddhism is to help count the number of mantras recited during Buddhist meditation practice, but they are also worn as 'power beads' in both Mongolian and Nepali shamanism. In addition both Buddhists and Shamanists use them in forms of divination. Most malas have 108 beads in, often with marker beads at the 27, 54 and 81 bead points. The large bead at the end and start of a mala is not counted and is generally called a guru bead.

Over time, and through repeated sacred use, malas are said to develop spiritual power and they are used to bless with by touching people or objects with the mala.

For more information about malas, including a way to use them for divination, you can read an article HERE


HUMAN BONE AND ROCK CRYSTAL MALA (Mala A01)

Price: £185 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: recently restrung by Nicholas Breeze Wood
Diameter of Beads: 10mm approx

A mala made from human bone, with antique Tibetan rock crystal beads. The bone beads in the mala are fairly new, and it has been restrung for sale here. it's genuineness as humanbone is guaranteed.


CONCH SHELL AND TURQUOISE MALA (Mala A02)

Price: £185 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-15 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 15mm approx

A mala made from conch shell, with good quality large real turquiouse beads at the quarters.


BONE AND CONCH SHELL MALA (Mala A03)

Price: £85 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-15 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 12mm approx

A bone mala, dyed dark, with conch shell guru bead and quarter beads.


LARGE RUSRAKSHA FULL MALA (Mala A04)

Price: £78 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-15 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 18mm approx

A traditional, extra large Rusraksha seed mala with 108 beads.


LARGE RUSRAKSHA HALF MALA (Mala A05)

Price: £48 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-15 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 10mm approx

A traditional, small Rusraksha seed mala with 108 beads.


SMALL RUSRAKSHA HALF MALA (Mala A06)

Price: £48 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-15 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 18mm approx

A traditional, extra large Rusraksha seed mala with 54 beads.


BLACK LOTUS SEED FULL MALA (Mala A07)

Price: £38 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-15 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 18mm approx

A lotus seed mala with 108 beads.


BONE MALA (Mala A08)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5-10 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 8mm approx

A bone mala with bone counters and faux coral and turquoise quarter beads.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST BONE MALA (Mala A09)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Made by Nicholas Breeze Wood
Age: New
Diameter of Beads: 8mm approx

A bone set of prayer beads with agate guru bead and quarter beads, with a metal eternal knot set with a real coral underbead.


BONE MALA (Mala A10)

Price: £22 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 5 - 20 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 6mm approx

A bone set of prayer beads, with counter beads. The beads are in good 'used' condition with nice patina on them.


GLASS BEAD MANTRA MALA (Mala A11)

Price: £18 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 5 - 20 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 9mm approx

An attractive glass bead mala with a mantra on each bead.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST METAL MALA COUNtERS (Mala A12)

Price: £22 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5 - 20 years approx
Diameter of Beads: 6mm approx

A set of counters, one ending in a bell and other in a dorje. Counters are tied to malas and used to count (a little like an abacus) the number of mantras said with the male.

The counters are in good condition with a nice patina. They are fixed on an old leather strap.

For more information about malas read the article about them on the articles page of this website.