Mala, Buddhist rosary
108 beads of Hagar wood. 6mm in diameter each
Buddha pendant in red sandalwood meditation dimensions 33/62/10mm
Agate nan hong of Yunnan (Baoshan site) this particular agate takes its color from the crystallization of cinnabar in the same deposit.
As a gemologist graduated from the Institut National de Gemmologie de Paris (France), all our subjects are certified natural without any treatment.
The mala, trengwa, in Tibetan is the rosary of the Buddhist, the object from which the monk (or even the lay practitioner) almost never separates, holding it in his hand or wrapped around the wrist.
The mala is first of all a utilitarian onjet: it serves as a tactile support for the recitation of mantras, at the same time as it is used to count them if one has set to repeat a defined number.
The mala is composed of 108 beads strung, which justifies its name, since it simply means "garland" (of beads). The different components each contain a symbolic meaning specify: The big pearl (or Buddha's head) which closes the loop repesents the knowledge of emptiness. The small cone that surmounts is the mark of emptiness itself.
The aquilaria or hagar wood, tropical tree belongs to the family Thymelaeceae, which includes about forty species distributed mainly in South-East Asia. It has a slender appearance, a clear bark and leaves of an intense bright green; it can easily exceed five meters in height.
Aquilaria is at the origin of agarwood, as well as sought-after species and other rare and valuable products. A characteristic that it shares with a nearby genus, the Gyrinops, endowed with nine species distributed equally in Southeast Asia.
These trees have been known for millennia for the virtues of their black, resinous and fragrant wood. It is one of the most precious woods in the world
Agarwood is also known as Eaglewood, oud, Aloeswood, Gaharu in Indonesia, Jinkoh or Kanankoh in Japan. It is used by the peoples of Southeast Asia and the Middle East for its fragrant properties – its scent is woody, powerful, musky – and medicinal.
It is used as incense in some religious rituals, especially in Korea or Hinduism. It has also served as a support to preserve certain texts: this is the case of the Pormuniyan, a Javanese medico-magical collection, preserved in the National Library of France. It is also used in the form of essential oil, extracted from wood after a complex maceration and distillation process.
This red sandalwood, coming from India, much rarer than white sandalwood has no characteristic smell and is part of the very precious woods.
In Buddhism, sandalwood is one of the Padma (lotus) and corresponds to the Amitabha Buddha, moreover the element of this Buddha is fire and its color, red. Sandalwood is considered capable of transforming desires and retaining the attention of a person practicing meditation.
Sandalwood is one of the main constituents of incense made in China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and is intended to be lit in temples or during cults. It is also used a lot in India for these same applications.
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