Kurudu in Lamaism, is one of the seven holy relics placed on the altars in the temple, of the Lamaite deity. It is a drum, in which all the prayers are written on a long strip of parchment, wound around two rolls. If one of these rolls is turned by a crooked handle, the prayers wind themselves around this roll from the other. Thus these prayers all appear in order under the cover of Kurudu. Praying, among the Kalmucks, Tamuls, Mongolians, etc., means to turn this handle and let God read them. Those praying continue their daily occupations during prayer without disturbing the sanctity of the act.