The History of Wind Chimes

Wind chimes have long been used as decorative musical pieces, but what you might not know about wind chimes is their long history. The use of wind chimes has expanded over various continents and cultures, and once were used as a musical instrument. 

The First use of Wind Chimes

Wind chimes were first used more than 5,000 years ago. Chimes were first used in Southeast Asia and were constructed of either bamboo, wood or stone. At this time, wind chimes were used to eliminate evil spirits. Around 3,000 years ago, wind chimes were used in farms to scare off animals and birds that threatened the crops. Later, ancient Egyptians began using the wind chimes, which were then  being set in bronze and used to decorate.

The Chinese began using wind chimes in about 1100 BC. The chimes were created by skilled metal workers and used a bell called the yong zhong. Next, Chinese developed the wind bell, which at the time was known as a feng ling. Chinese would hang the wind chimes from temples and shrines and considered them to be religious instruments that would repel ghosts and demons and control evil spirits.

Wind Chimes in the Western World

The use of the wind chime spread to the western world during the 1800s. At this time, it was believed that the sounds of the particular chime could cause a change in the energy of an individual, thus affecting their mood and creating a more lively space for all.

Today wind chimes are not used to cast away spirits or demons, but thousands of people love to hang them around the home, both inside and out. It is nice to know the long history of the wind chime, however, as well as how they first began.

 

 


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