May. 5th, 2009 11:46 am
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A friend of mine posted about finding comfort in rosaries. (If you're not aware of what they are, I've put a picture of rosary beads under the cut.) I used to have a crystal set myself, as I grew up Catholic, but I ended up donating them to the church I left when I was a teenager, as I had just become Pagan and didn't feel comfortable with the symbolism -- most rosary beads have a crucifix at the end. In hindsight, I sometimes regret that move, as I'd love to still have them as a remembrance from whence I came, but it's over and done. :)

Her post prompted me to wonder: Has anyone here adopted the religious trappings of another faith and either used them for your own purposes as they originally are, or did you alter them to reflect your own spirituality?

I ask because, in light of her entry and my long-donated rosary beads, I've been contemplating making my own crystal Pagan prayer beads. I've seen them done, but I'd like to make my own, and wanted to get others' opinions on how they feel about taking religious symbolism and icons from one religion to use in your own practice.

(Yes, this has been done for centuries by other faiths, including our own and from whom we took them. But I want your personal experiences. :))

Also, I apologize in advance if anything I said above makes little or no sense. I'm sick, and thereby very tired. :)

Date: 2009-05-05 04:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brock_tn
I haven't adopted/adapted another faith's activities. I have used strings of beads as counters for repeating affirmations. It's easy enough to build a string of 99 small beads and one large bead or something similar and use that as a counter.

Oh, and to my certain knowledge the use of beads as a place-keeper for meditiation or prayer appears in both Buddhist and Islamic practice. So it's not just a Christian thing.

Date: 2009-05-05 06:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wide_worlds_joy
I don't have a problem with that, the only problem I have is when it's not acknowledged or it is not honored when appropriated.

I made this for a friend of mine:

Date: 2009-05-05 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lassarina
I have what I call my "Pagan Rosary," which I made with nine sets of nine beads (three sets of nine each for the Goddess, three for the God, and three for Brighid, who is my patroness) where the Aves would be on a traditional Catholic Rosary; the Pater Noster beads became a short affirmation, and the tail at the end (where there would be two Paters bracketing three Aves) instead has invocations to the three previously mentioned deities and four "elemental" beads (For casting a circle.) Instead of a crucifix, I used an oroboros pentacle.

I find the process of counting prayers to be very soothing, personally.

Date: 2010-01-15 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] witchywitchy
that's a cool idea Lassarina

Date: 2009-05-06 01:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bohemianeditor
There's a relevant book called A Circle of Stones by Erynn Rowan Laurie ([ profile] erynn999) that describes making and using Pagan prayer beads.

That's about all I've got on the subject. Prayer beads aren't my thing; I just know I've seen Pagan discussions of them before and thought I'd share a data point.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ginnflynn
I do a lot of smudging, which I tend to think of as a Native American practice. I think it's fine to appropriate aspects of other religions into one's own if they resonate with you, but I'm not really down with just willy-nilly conglomerating a ton of different practices into a mash-up of meaningless ritual.

Date: 2010-01-15 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] witchywitchy
Hey, i was just thinking that given all the stuff the Christian have stolen from us (Christmas, Easter, etc, etc) I would not be surprised if rosary beads were really pagan in the first place. Has anyone looked into their history?



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