We just came up with this style of mala with 3 rosewood beads tassel. There are 108 dark rosewood beads on this mala and each bead measures 8mm and smells great. It has great feels to it too. Prayer Mala or beads are usually used by Buddhists around the world especially in Tibet, Nepal and India and used for meditation, counting mantras, and prostration and those counters are especially for counting when you do prostration or in a retreat for counting mantras. Malas are worn on the left wrist while not in use. Please email me for more detail and i will be more than happy to assist you. Suggested Mantras for this mala * "Om Muni Muni Maha Muni ye soha" To Lord Buddha Shakyamuni * "Om Tare Turi Tutari Turi Soha" To White Tara * "Tayatha Om Pekatse Pekatse Maha Pekatse Raza Samu Gati Soha" To medicine Buddha.