The word mala originates from the Sanskrit word "Japmala", which means “garland". In Tibet, a mala is called a Threngwa. These Tibetan malas are used to keep track of recited, chanted, or mentally repeated mantras and even sometimes the names of deities. Tibetan malas can also be referred to as Tibetan prayer beads or Tibetan rosaries. Tibetan malas are also very similar to other forms of prayer beads used in other religions around the world.