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Rosary Beads

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'xne prevaihug idea iu regard to a losaitj is that it belougs solely to followers oí the Catholic religión. But take away the cross that is hanging to the beads and we find that one must turn to the dim, mysterious east for the origin of the rosary, for it is among the temples of India, China and Japan that the first sign of the practice is to be found. Ancient pictures of the Hindoo gods depict them with chaplets of beads in their hands, and it is believed that this methód of keeping count of their many prayers was in use among the Hindoos before the era of Buddha, or at least B. O. 500. The use of the rosary seems especially suited to an eastern clime and to the repose of an oriental mind. The Buddhists are fond of using very smooth beads of glass, polished jade or coral, and it has been thought that the smooth, cool beads gliding through their fingers as they murmur the holy name for thousands of times help them to arrive at that state of holy abstraction from earfhly things which is so inuch prized among the followers of Buddha. The favorite Japanese rosaries are made of polished wood, crystal, onyx and chased sil ver, and the Japanese Buddhists repeat in endless devotion "Namu Amida Butzu" ("Save us, Buddha"), while their Chinese brothers have the blessed name "U-Mi-to-fu" forever on their lips A rosary of very great size was reeen tly brought trom a temple in Kioto, Japau. The largest bead is about si:: iuchus iu diameter, and the rosary eutire is about 24 feet long. The huge beads are of dark brown polished wood. They are hollow and have each a figure of a god inside the little shrine, which can be seen through a


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