Inspired by traditional Cambodian prayer beads, these beautiful gold katah come in an array of interesting styles: angular and barrel in 14kt or 18kt; and filigree and crosshatch in 14kt with gemstones (ruby, sapphire, diamond or emerald). The beads may be purchased alone or with an 18kt gold chain in a choice of 16 inch or 18 inch lengths. Note: All beads require a thin chain with a small end-piece.
Cambodian prayer bead (katah): Today in Cambodia, a wealthy woman might wear a single gold katah on a chain around her neck. More commonly, though, a Cambodian woman of more modest means might wear several silver katah on a cord around her waist and hidden under her garments. According to tradition, the Khmer (Cambodian) women would seek the blessings of monks who copied scriptures onto small bits of palm leaf, silver or more recently, paper. Those scriptures were then rolled up and inserted into katah made from clay, bamboo, lead, silver or gold, depending on the woman’s economic status. After that, each monk would add his personal “magic” through a prayer offering.
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