The Komboloi may be one of the most typical symbols of the Greek easy-going mentality that has been widely established both in Greece and Cyprus since the middle of the 20th century. Yet the history of the komboloi and its origins date back to time, 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. 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.
The soul of the komboloi – its voice – is the music of its beads, whatever their shape, whether flat or irregular, translucent or opaque, made of stone, gems, wood, amber, bone, or even from olive pits, or carob beans.
It seems humankind has used beads since prehistoric times. Early civilizations believed they were a charm against enemies, or illness, or even the capricious catastrophes of nature. Evidence of their early use can be found in the bead-laden masks of the indigenous peoples of Mali, Congo and Cameroon. Here the humble ‘perforated spheres’ were seen as having supernatural powers.
Alabaster is the pure form of transparency, as it symbolizes purity. It is used to encourage feelings of peace and calmness. The powerful energies of these crystals are used to increase flexibility and let the wearer be more adaptable. Alabaster comprises effective energies which let the wearer fight against stress, heal arguments and provides inner harmony.
This stone is used majorly to lessen the fear into the wearer and helps him to resolve disturbance and problems. Alabaster is known as the protective stone that teaches its wearer how to be calm and grow stronger.
While meditating with the Alabaster crystals, a person expands the ability to forgive others and even him. Alabaster inspires positivity when it is used at home. It is believed that if a person wears this crystal, a light of peace starts nurturing into the body of its wearer. Alabaster is considered as a fantastic healing stone for any psychological disorders.
Alabaster stones are believed to stimulate Root Chakra and Sacral Chakra. In the process of stimulating Root Chakra, which is known as the base of the spine, then lie on your stomach and put the alabaster crystal on your lower back.
In order to harmonize or activate Sacral Chakra, relaxed on your back and put the alabaster crystal directly on the skin. Sacral Chakra is all about emotions and sexuality. Alabaster let the feelings of wearer flow liberally and expressed without any hesitation.
Embrace the magic of Alabaster with these handmade prayer beads!
The piece is 25cm long. There are 26 beads on this Komboloi.
Each bead measures approximately 1cm long/wide.
This would make a very unique addition to your collection. 🙂
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Happy buying 🙂