Many religious traditions make use of a set of beads or knots on a string as an aid to prayer. It is one way of connecting the activity of the mind and heart with the body. There is some agreement that the use of prayer beads originated with the Hindu religion in India, and from there spread with exploration and trading. Prayer beads are universal tools to assist one in focus, whether by repeating a mantra, reciting a rosary, chanting the names of a deity, or saying some form of a prayer. At Sagrada you will find Hindu and Buddhist malas, Catholic and Anglican rosaries, Muslim and Sufi tespeh, Ba'hai prayer beads, and unique African Orisha prayer amulets.