Komboloi these days are seen as a relaxing mechanism for mind and soul. Yet the history of the Komboloi and its origins date back to when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots on a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers to God.

Today, worry beads are generally a string of 23 beads, though they can be any odd number, that the user passes them through the palms of their hands, tipping each bead over as their fingers reach them, until, at last, they reach the very end of the string and proceed once again. Greek worry beads once had very strict guidelines that followed their usage, as they have existed since the beginning of Greece itself. It is believed that Komboloi first originated with monks hundreds of years before the time of A.D. Those monks would often use any inexpensive material they could find, such as bits of wood, shells and olive pits.

Worry beads can be handled in many different ways. The most common is the quiet method, for indoors, and a noisier method that is more acceptable in public places. With the loud method, the beads are separated into two distinct groups on each end of the string. The user then holds the string in the very middle, the empty space between the beads. Upon doing this, they swing the back line of beads up and over their finger to where it clangs against the other line of beads. Once this is done, the user places their fingers in the space it had been previously and repeats the process.

People still use the worry beads. It is said that people use it as a means to guard against bad luck, as well for relaxation and enjoyment, the string used to hold the beads is often made of silk, while the beads can be crafted from plastic to marble, with amber and silver being signs of prestige and sophistication. 

There are a great variety of meanings that can be associated with Greek worry beads, especially as it pertains to music. Though it may not seem like it at first glance, Greek worry beads are a form of musical interpretation, the rhythms and beats of the beads hitting against each other tend to cause a feeling of relaxation. As was mentioned previously, the origin of Greek worry beads had a religious undertone, but, these days, it is stressed that they are now completely unorthodox objects.

The modern Greek word komboloi derives from kombos (knot) and logio (collection) or the verb leo (say). It is said that it is short for the phrase “in every knot I say a prayer. This etymology accounts for the fact that the komboloi actually evolved from komboskini, the Greek word for prayer rope.

source- greekcitytimes.com & komboloi.gr

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