The use of necklaces (Elekes) in our Yoruba religion (the Osha-Ifá Rule), has a great symbolism and religious relevance since our ancestors respect for them was essential and indicative of veneration to the deities.
Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati is popularly worshipped under different names like Sumukha, Ekadanta, Kapila, Gajakarna, Lambodara, Vikath, Vidhnanashaka, Vinayaka, Dhumraketu, Ganadhayaksha, Bhalchandra and Gajanana.
In Loreto, Italy you will find the Holy House of Loreto encased by the Basilica Della Santa Casa. Tradition says that this house is the one that Mary was raised in in Nazareth … the very house where the Angel Gabriel visited her at the Annunciation. The house was transported by angels to its final resting place in Loreto in the 13th century