Charun Pocket Prayer Beads: Etruscan Underworld Spirit, Psychopomp, Guide and Guardian of the Dead
This set of Charun (Charu) pocket prayer beads consists of sixteen beads to represent the Etruscan division of the heavens; the Etruscans saw the sky as divided into sixteen parts, each held by a different deity. Joining the string is a pendant, a hammer. Charun is depicted in art bearing a large hammer, with which he can defend the dead from any foes on their journey to the underworld.
It is made with 10mm deep dusky blue fire-polished Czech glass beads, separated by silver-toned metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 14" (35.5cm) in circumference and is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue. The small size makes it easy to keep on hand in a drawer, a purse, or a pocket.
The beads come with a prayer to Charun, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead design, and with a cotton muslin bag for storage.
You can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you.