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One of my fondest memories as a young teen, was sitting in the living-room and hearing Mom’s chimes blowing in the wind. Where some women had hanging plants on the porch, we had chimes. They varied in size, materials and themes, but all made beautiful music when the wind blew.
Chimes make a sound that is conducive to meditation. That’s what I love about them. The deep rich tones some of them make helps me relax. Did you know that chimes were one of the first musical instruments? It’s true. The first evidence of chimes dates back to about 3000 BC. Then they were made of bone particles, stone, bamboo, wood, or shells. It was first thought that chimes were used to ward off evil spirits. But later, we learned they were also used to scare away birds and other animals from their cultivated fields.
By 2000 BC, wind chimes were being cast in bronze by ancient Egyptians. Around 1100 BC Chinese began casting bells and that’s when chimes evolved musically. Eventually, the Chinese developed the modern wind chime. It hung from temples, shrines, pagodas and caves, where they were considered religious talismans thought to repel evil spirits and attract good ones.
The use of wind chimes spread from China to Japan and then to western world in the 1800’s. Wind chimes have had a long and diverse history. In modern times, wind chimes are a lovely accent to gardens as well as homes where they can actually make for an environment of peace and balance.
If you would like to introduce your garden or home to a beautifully toned wind chime, go to Amazon.com for a nice selection. Develop some peaceful memories for your children and grandchildren. See below for a few options. Thank you for reading my post today. As always, B# and God Bless!
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