This set of prayer beads for the Furies (Semnai Theai, Eumenides, Erinyes) consists of four sets of twelve beads each on the loop, each set separated by a larger bead. Joining the string is a pendant with three blood-red glass beads. The goddesses were born from drops of Ouranos' blood that fell to earth when Kronos castrated his father, thereby freeing his Titan brothers and sisters.
The goddesses were called by a number of names; the Erinyes (furious ones) and Eumenides (kindly ones) are probably their best known epithets, but they were also called Semnai Theai (honored ones), under which name they received regular offerings in Athens.
It is made with 6mm black onyx gemstone beads and silver-toned metal divider 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 loop itself is approximately 33" (83.8cm) in circumference. It is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue.
The beads can also be worn slipped over the head as a necklace. If you plan to wear it, please make sure a 33" (83.8cm) loop will fit easily over your head, as this piece has no clasp (although it can be made with one if desired--please contact me for information on customization!)
The beads come with a prayer to the Furies 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.