Inspired by 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 and emerald). The beads may be purchased alone or with an 18kt gold chain: 16 in. or 18 in. 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 or many 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 Buddhist scriptures onto small bits of palm leaf, silver, or more recently, paper. These writings 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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