During the period of Ottoman occupation in Greece, Turkish officials were holding garlands with amber beads and thick silky tassels. Their name was desbih. They used it to relax their nervous system, to show off their wealth and as a scepter of power. Also similar scepter came to the hands of the Greek associates of the Turks, notables, lords and guerrillas. They named it tesbihi.
Over the years, tesbihi disseminated across all social strata. These scepters of power in the hands of their holders, functioned as a proof of love, of friendship, an oath, as a contract, as a building permit and a stamp! It also functioned as a medium to show off Ego, as a peculiar kind of masculinity, “crafty” and power.
Every person perceived this garland in terms of aesthetics, materials, structure and use, depending on his personality. So some people created garlands of high aesthetics while others held tasteless garlands ! They used either exquisite materials or worthless ones. So, some made them luxurious and sophisticated (with thick silky tassel, escutcheon, imami, amulets …) or just a passing beads cordon that tied both ends to a knot.
At those years, kompoloi was widely spread, because...