THE PAGAN ORIGIN OF ROSARY BEADS

 PAGAN PRAYER BEADS AND PAGAN ROSARY BEADS

THE PAGAN ORIGIN OF ROSARY BEADS

PRAYER BEADS – OR – ROSARY BEADS  

Rosary beads come in all shapes, colors, sizes and 
quality. Some rosaries are strung with pearl, crystal, 
wood and even plastic. But where did the ritual of 
the rosary come from? And what, exactly, is the 
significance of rosary beads? 

The rosary in simplest terms is said to be a tool 
used to aid prayer and meditation. The beads of a 
rosary count the prayers as they are recited out loud 
or in the mind. The user relies on the rosary beads 
to keep track of how many times you’ve said a 
particular prayer.

“Most commonly recognized in the United States 
as a symbol of Catholicism, other religions including
Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism and Islam employ 
rosary beads as well.”
-The Meaning of Rosary Beads
What Do Rosary Beads Symbolize?
By Jessica Ciosek

“Prayer beads, or prayer rosaries, are really 
another form of the “witch’s ladder,” a knotted 
rope or cord used to count repetitions during 
a spell or ritual. Praying with beads is a spiritual
practice with a long history in most of the world’s
religions.”
-Sacred Mists Shoppe
Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone 

“prayer beads originated with the Hindu faith. 
Using beads for devotions dates to the 8th century BC 
in the cult of Shiva. In India sandstone sculptures,
statues ca 185 BC, show Hindus with prayer beads. 
The names of Hindu gods and prayers are repeated 
on stringed beads, called mala, separated by larger 
or different colored beads.” 
-A HISTORY OF PRAYING ON BEADS 
  Patricia A. Dilley

“Hindu converts kept their traditional use of 
prayer beads. Buddhist monks always carry a strand 
of prayer beads, or rosary, usually of 108 beads.” 
-A HISTORY OF PRAYING ON BEADS 
  Patricia A. Dilley

Prayer beads are used by : Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, 
and Catholics among others.

“Often, when religions sought converts, 
they allowed them to retain some of their 
pagan ways: ceremonial garb, heathen rituals 
and traditions; in order to add to their numbers. 
This led to spiritual pollution.”
-A HISTORY OF PRAYING ON BEADS 
  Patricia A. Dilley 

“Before the 12th century, rosaries were used for 
talismans (amulet or occult charms). Rosaries and 
prayer beads were intended by the catholic church
hierarchy, for use by the ignorant.”
-A HISTORY OF PRAYING ON BEADS 
  Patricia A. Dilley 

“Pagans had used prayer beads even before the 
8th century before CHRIST, and they still use 
them today.”
-A HISTORY OF PRAYING ON BEADS 
  Patricia A. Dilley  

The Bible warns us against use of prayer beads – 
Matthew 6:7 says – “But when ye pray, use not vain
repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that 
they shall be heard for their much speaking.

“And when you pray, do not…repeat the same 
words over and over as the Gentiles (pagans) do, 
for they think they will be heard for their much 
speaking.”
(Matthew 6:7)(AMP)-BibleGateway 

“But when praying, do not say the same things 
over and over again,  just as the people of the 
nations do, for they imagine they will get a 
hearing for their use of many words.”
(Matthew 6:7)(NWT)

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