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I find this somewhat humorous because, here, Mr Woods wears what appears to be two white strings. Maybe I'm not seeing it correctly because of the picture's quality. There seem to be tiny notches on the string.

Buddhist bracelets, or malas, have beads on them. Some malas have 18 or 19 beads, while others have 36, 108 or 109 beads. The number of beads has something to do with cycles of time. Though I'm not sure 108 seems to be the a most ubiquitous number. Pragmatically speaking, mala beads are used to "keep time" during meditation. When worn as bracelets beads can serve as a reminder for oneself and for the sangha or buddhist community.

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