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Greek Komboloi Worry Beads

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The Greek Komboloi (Kombolói) or worry beads are used to pass the time in the Greek and Cypriot cultures. They are the original fidget spinner! Usually an odd number of beads, made from resin, coral, metal, gemstones, or other material, are strung together. Unlike Rosary beads, Komboloi have no religious or ceremonial meaning.

How to Use Komboloi

Komboloi are used by swinging them with one hand or by dropping the beads from hand to hand.

Easy

Takes Practice

The single-handed approach takes practice to perfect the rhythm, as you can see in the videos below. Watch the first one to get the general idea and the second one for speed.

Setup:

Swing:

Beginning

Advanced

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