Tea Beads (Yunnan, China)

Made from seeds from the sacred Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa), these tea beads are used as a meditation tool during tea drinking ceremonies across Asia. They also make a striking necklace or piece of décor in your home, car or office.

This particular string kept calling us back at a night market in Jinghong, China. It is special because it is strung on a sturdy piece of thread and is made of seeds of uniform size. Buddha was known to have received enlightenment under a Bodhi tree and all existing sacred Bodhi trees today are said to have originated from that one mother tree, bringing religious and historic significance to these seeds.

23” long

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