In Nepal, as in India, shopping is a very interesting part of the trip which involves contact with the people and also to test your haggling arts. In Nepal, purchases usually come out cheaper, and also more relaxed, sellers are not as insistent as Hindus, even if they are just as "hard" when haggling for the price. The most common purchases are wood carvings, Tibetan bowls, and the "flagship". The "bad" or "Buddhist rosaries." "Bad" or rosary beads have 108 as 108 is a sacred number that relates to the 12 astrological houses multiplied by the 9 planets in our solar system. Although it is said that they can also have 109, 108 and counting mantra Guru which is a little bigger, and it is where the bad ends at the tassel.