Antique Chinese Buddhist Qinan prayer beads (Niànzhū), Qing Dynasty, 19th century, China. Adilnor Collection, Sweden

Prayer Beads

Prayer Beads Prayer beads are used by members of various religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Umbanda, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and the Bahá’í Faith to mark the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions, such as the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholicism, dhikr (remembrance of God) in Islam and jaap in Hinduism. Origins and etymology Beads are among the earliest human ornaments...

The Gorgon, flanked by lionesses and showing her belt clasp of serpents; the pediment of the 580 BCE temple of Artemis in Corfu. Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

Apotropaic Magic

Apotropaic Magic Apotropaic magic (“to ward off” from από- “away” and τρέπειν “to turn”) is a type of magic intended to turn away harm or evil influences, as in deflecting misfortune or averting the evil eye. Apotropaic observances may also be practiced out of vague superstition or out of tradition, as in good...

Rosary Cross Prayer Religion Catholic Church

Rosary Devotions and Spirituality

Rosary Devotions and Spirituality Devotion to the Rosary is one of the most notable features of popular Catholic spirituality.[1] According to Pope John Paul II, rosary devotions can foster some central objectives of Christian spirituality and they are “among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation.”[2] From its origins in the twelfth century the rosary...

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