Mala, prayer rosary and Buddhist meditation
108 beads of Aquilaria (agarwood) diameter of 8mm for each bead.
Turquoise du Hubei
agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan, Baoshan deposit. This agate owes its red color to the presence of cinnabar in its structure
representation of phenix also in Aquilaria
Dimensions of the pendant
As a gemologist graduated from the Institut National de Gemmologie de Paris, all our stones are appraised and certified.
As Malakara, we make all our malas ourselves by scrupulously respecting tradition.
We assemble our malas on a traditional cord, a braid of 5 threads of the 5 colors of the 5 meditation Buddhas.
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 tropical tree aquilaria belongs to the thymelaeceae family, which includes about forty species distributed mainly in Southeast 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.
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