Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. In Tibetan Buddhism, malas of 108 beads are used. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This sādhanā (practice) is known in Sanskrit as japa.
Alos it is said that The buffalo's skull was used for sacred rituals as mediums for prayers to Wakan Tanka or “The Divine” in the Lakota way of life