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Offline GabrieltheCelt

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What's the difference between worry beads and a prayer rope?
« on: November 06, 2007, 09:17:19 PM »
I keep hearing about how Greeks carry around something called 'worry beads'.  Are these the same thing as a prayer rope (Komvoskini/Tchotki)?  If not the same thing, what are they used for?
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Re: What's the difference between worry beads and a prayer rope?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2007, 11:17:25 PM »
I keep hearing about how Greeks carry around something called 'worry beads'.  Are these the same thing as a prayer rope (Komvoskini/Tchotki)?  If not the same thing, what are they used for?

Worry beads are just that. People use them to pass time while sitting at a cafe or with friends. They take the edge off. Similar to a cigarette or good cigar. One releases there anxieties with them. They have no religious purpose.
A prayer rope is knotted 33 times with the symbol of the cross for every rounded knot and a Jesus prayer for each cross. Each knot looks like a ball and there are 33 of them as well.  Monks often make them for there spiritual children. One typically carries a prayer rope from their spiritual father or mother. The prayers are for the person wearing the rope. (Short version)
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Re: What's the difference between worry beads and a prayer rope?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007, 11:33:46 PM »
I see. Thank you Demetrios.  Do people ever use their worry beads to say prayers with? 
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Re: What's the difference between worry beads and a prayer rope?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2007, 12:02:56 AM »
I see. Thank you Demetrios.  Do people ever use their worry beads to say prayers with? 

Doubt it, at least in Greece. However, many other cultures have worry beads of one kind or another. They are everywhere from the Mediterranean to Asia Minor to the Middle East to Asia. Maybe some of those other peoples use them for religious reasons as well.
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Re: What's the difference between worry beads and a prayer rope?
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2007, 07:32:27 AM »
Do people ever use their worry beads to say prayers with? 
No.
Greeks never use beads for prayer, only knots. This custom developed because, unlike beads, knots make no noise when used for prayer.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2007, 07:32:49 AM by ozgeorge »
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