Beads strung together, whether a Christian rosary, Islamic subha or tasbih (misbahah), or Hindu mala, all serve as a similar means of keeping track of prayers during devotional practices and can be found in almost all religious traditions. Although the origins of prayer beads remain shrouded and are still debated, their universal appeal, application, and significance in the material culture of religious traditions are undisputed. Although imbued with specific cultural connotations, prayer beads express an individual’s personal connection to the divine and their use in performative acts of prayers and contemplations transcend cultural boundaries.