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Prayer beads [Jan. 28th, 2007|06:57 pm]
Interfaith art and crafts for religious purposes
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[tibba]
Greetings all,

This post was originally placed in 3faithdialogue, where elettaria suggested that I ask here too. I'm not sure how many people are in both communities, so the rest is placed under acut.

I've a question regarding prayer beads. I'm a Roman Catholic and thus am quite familiar with the Rosary along with some of the other chaplets around.

Yesterday my sister and I visited a friend and spotting the rosary beads we always have with us, our friend said, "Oh, I have one of those!" Whereupon he produced a set of prayer beads that clearly weren't rosary beads, so now I'm rather curious and would like to find out some more about it.

There were forty-five beads in total, divided into three groups of fifteen by small separators. At the "join" (where on rosary beads there's often some sort of devotional medal to be found) there was a simple connector from which hung three separate beads (separate meaning each bead in its own small length of string, rather than the three Aves found in a row on a rosary). It was bought in Syria.

Of course the big question is: what is it? When I first saw it I thought of Tasbih but was thrown by the numbers not corresponding. My sister wondered if it were a set used by Orthodox Christians, but some googling suggested that this wasn't the case, as Orthodox prayer beads record a hundred recitations of the Jesus prayer.

Any information you might be able to share would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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