Necklace or prayer beads
Seeds or dried fruit
This chain of beads is made from seeds or pieces of dried fruit. It is from India, where it was worn as a necklace and used as prayer beads by a 'Sadhu', a Hindu holy man.
Sadhus are Hindu men who have renounced their family ties and possessions and devoted themselves to a life of religious discipline and austerity. Women can also follow this path, becoming a 'sadhvi'.
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