I assume the monks hads these necklaces mass produced in China for retail. Most likley costing $1 to produce and retail for $15. I noticed their cheaper wood bead necklace also used the same shape beads.
When you go catholic with the rosery beads you find many differant shapes; what makes their's "special" is that some catholic person or the pope sprayed some HOLLY WATER on it and thus God (father pope) blesses their beads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is BEST to ignore all religion. I have no clue why 108 ended up being a number used, but I can bet you anything, RELIGION capitilized upon it a LONG TIME AGO! Forget the RELIGION, because man has his fingers in it.
Your son should be Mr. 108 for 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am still surprized only 2 people have made a comment on the super deal of the free L/S for the prime spot of 108 for the year 2008. Noting both has the number 8; making it the BEST POSSIBLE YEAR to EVER do it. The wise man on the ball would take that offer up regardless what it took, if he/she believed what is said about 8 and you get the triple blessing of 108 and you can't loose unless it goes past the 1 bucket price. I know the guy that gave up the 108 spot only after 107 followed him, would see the spot for 2008 as being priceless as I do.
No one has made a real offer, only a post. So in reality no one has offered a dime for the spot. Not until they make an e-mail giving person mission to use their credit card if they are the highest bidder. The suggested bid so far is $216 the last I noticed. I can only presume 2 things, people hate the L/S or they hate the idea of the 108 spot and also presume people in general just can't afford to sponsor such things. We live too close to paychecks each week as credit cards lure us away from security. But in general, they just don't connect the dots on this offer, its the best offer I have ever made or will make.