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History and Tradition of Komboloi

In the course of history, man has created all kinds of garlands· for the decoration of the head, the neck, of the arms, wrists, waist and legs. Almost every religion has created a prayer garland to assist believers complete a specific number of prayers without counting.

During the period of Ottoman Empire, Turkish officers took their prayer garland and turned it into a show of welfare accessory. They used silver, gold and silk to decorate their garlands with large amber beads. They were holding these garlands to relax their nervous system and their body. The relaxation is due to the electricity that amber carries. Eventually, such garlands functioned as symbols of power and as a medium of projecting the Ego.

The Greek associates of the Turks imitated this habit. It has been established since then and until today we – the Greeks – create and hold garlands in our hands. Nowadays, social conditions inflict stress and anxiety on people. Thus, they are often led to smoking, drinking, receiving anxiolytics…

Our company “ΕΥΧΑΝΤΡΟΝ” (EFHANTROΝ) has created and suggests a new type of garland – jewellery that is basically used as an anxiolytic without side effects! Men, women and children of any age can keep one. This garland – jewellery is consisted of natural crystal beads full of positive energy and of silver and golden elements. It’s a work of Art expressing the Greek aesthetics, culture and civilization. It is created by the artist Tasos Thomaidis.

Tasos Thomaidis named his creation εύχαντρο (efhantro). The word means beads that offer pleasure. It’s a compound word consisted of the word εύ (ef) =anything pleasant, and the word χάντρα (hantra)=bead.

Every person is driven by his/hers subconscious or conscious reasons to hold or not a garland. For instance, the type of garland they choose, out of the hundreds that are available in the market, and the way they keep it, reflects their personality. So we remark that, the tacky ones keep ugly garlands, the elegant keep real works of art. The low-paid keep garlands made out of cheap elements, the wealthy people keep ones made out of rare and expensive materials. People, who feel the need to attract other people’s attention, spin their garlands in the hand and knock the beads among them. The ones that are self-confident, take care of themselves and have no need for show off, they caress their garland tenderly and leisurely. These people consider their efhantra and use them as:

The Club of Friends of Efhantro was created to bring out its views about the tradition and to oppose to those who insist on knocking the beads of their garlands and irritate their surroundings with the produced noise.

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