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History of Worrybead/Kompoloi – its appearance througt centuries.

2500 years ago buddhist monks in monasteries of India were used to pray daily a circle of 108 prays at which often they were tangled and repeated or forgot some of  the prays. Their priest was led to the manufacture a kind of worrybead which was constitutedby 108 knots in a rope tied up in circle like  the circle of life. The monks passing their fingers above each knot measured their prayers and they comforted  the nervous endings of their fingers by  pressing them towards the knots. This praying worrybead was named “Mala” by that emanated the word “Worrybead” from combination of the words “beat” and “worry”.

Some years later, in Arabia, about 1400 years ago, the Arabs  due to  pray in Moameth manufactured their own worrybead with 99 beads. As many as their prays, and they named it “Mashaba”.

Later on in Europe history, at 13th century A.D. we meet the current rozario with 5 departments of 10 beads tied up in circle, they are followed by 5 beads in a line with in between the knots so that they are separated, ended up to a cross. Its name emanated from the Latin “ROZARIUM” that is translated as “crown by roses” and it is an important element of  Catholic Church and other Christian consents as OldCatholics, Anglicans and Protesting.

At 300 a.d. the Orthodoxe in Egypt manufactured their own worrybead with 3 beads in a line and in the end a cross. With an off-hand correlation we would say that it seems like our own current “mpegleri”. Element that helps us understand how habits and informations are transported and developed throught  the centuries.

The history of worrybead  continues  and we meet it  in Turkey that they transport it in  the years of Interwar in the Greeks, which is inevitable after 400 years of coexistence. The Greeks absorbed it and adapted it in their own culture and Mediterranean temperament. While “the Greeks are not population of subjugation and bad living” gave their own elements changing so much the use and the symbolism of their  “worrybead – companion”. The Turks therefore had 33 beads in circle with space of free hardly one bead and in the end double bead that the Turks named  “Vizier”.

The Greeks evolved it leaving bigger free space between the beads equal with the width of a palm and the big bead that unite the circle named it Priest. The number of beads is always an odd number and it can variate according the needs and the taste of its person. The worrybead  for the Greeks never served religious aims. It has been always a mean of relaxation, meditation and philosophy. It is a  way to defuse the extra energy, joy or negative thoughts and feelings from the body to find an exit to a“friend – companion”, in his own worrydead. It is a game, a fetish, an object of a value collection.
The first photographs that they are saved in history are from about 1840 A.D where a local sovereign of Karystos welcome king Othon playing his worrybaed.
Celebrities from the artistic and enterprising world as well as politicians of  the 20th and 21st century are well known lovers and collectors of infrequent and precious worrybeads from all over the world. For many years the worrybead was only a men accessory however with the passage of years have also passed in the feminine hands.

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