108 yak bone bead mala features gorgeous traditional Tibetan beads with hand inlaid pieces of turquoise and coral, as well as lapis and turquoise marker beads, finished with a hand carved skull guru cap bead.
Lapis is said to promote self awareness, enlightenment and open the mind to all possibilities. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and aids the process of learning. The skull in Buddhism is a symbol of impermanance and is a powerful reminder to be here now!
A note about bone usage: In the Himalayas, it is typical for large animals such as yak or water buffalo to be used for service and then slaughtered for food, clothing, utensils, and ritual items. Given the limited amount of resources and the religious practices of the people in the region, it is important that none of the animal goes to waste.
Measures approximately 33 inches around. Yak bone and lapis beads are 8mm, Tibetan beads are 10mm, turquoise spacers are 6mm, and the skull bead is 12mm long and 10mm wide. Handmade in Nepal.