Religious Chaplet (Kompoloi)
About the year 1000, the monks of Mount Athos got a black woollen knit with fifty four knots cordon and braided its two ends to a cross. They called it praying chaplet of Virgin Mary because they did prayers to the Virgin. Some called it chaplet because they used it as a prayers’ tool. Those who disdained this chaplet they called it komboskini (i.e. knit with knots cordon). But most called it komvoloi because the believer touches each knot (komvos in greek) and says (legei in greek) a prayer. The composition of the words komvo+legei spawned the name komvologion – kompoloi in demotic.
So the Komboloi is a garland of black woolen knotted cord, whose ends end up on a cross!
As it is known, the prayer garlands exercise a kind of magic to the praying man, as he believes that a strictly specific number of prayers contributes to God's decision to listen him, to be his helper, to forgive his sins and to give him eternal life. So, they feel physical, spiritual peace, bliss, exaltation!