Hans-Otto Ojaste, 2022, Estonia

A handful of prayers

The fingering of prayer beads while praying or chanting is a common practice in many different religions.
Prayer beads are fingered in synchronization with repeating prayers or mantras. A similar motif can be found in Eastern Europes street culture, in the process of consuming sunflower seeds. The seeds pass through fingers as prayers beads do. Biting and peeling form a repeating movement. Chewing takes the place of saying prayers.