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Begleri (Greek: μπεγλέρι) is a small skill toy consisting of one or more beads at either end of a short string or fine chain. The toy can be flipped and twirled around the fingers to perform tricks. Begleri originated in Greece, and originally derived from the Greek rosary or komboloi, which serve the function of worry beads, and are often flipped around to pass the time or keep the hands busy. While komboloi have beads forming a closed circle, begleri beads are threaded on an open strand, usually in a symmetrical formation, with equal weighting at either end. Begleri come in many forms, usually consisting of semi-precious stone, wood, or metal beads. They can be similar in form to the percussion instrument kashaka/asalato, but are much smaller in size.
Read more about the history of begleri and komboloi, begleri's older brother, here (external site).
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