Wind Chimes / The History
Wind Chimes / The History by; Glenn Mast
The history of wind chimes dates back roughly 5000 years. They did not start in one area or society but in several different regions of the world, simultaneously. Just as their birth from several separate societies spanned a long period of time, the purpose of garden wind chimes is as varied as its innovators. They have been placed in outdoor spaces for the purposes of meditation, spiritual dedication, warding off evil spirits and honoring the voice of the wind, etc….
The oldest models that were dug up, from a region of Southeast Asia, were thought to scare off demons or evil spirits. Artifacts found elsewhere in the world that date from a similar period, however, seem to indicate the Wind Chimes were used to keep birds and predators away from crop and cattle. The Chinese, sometime around 1100 B.C., began mastering the production of bells and thus opened the door for the use of bells. Wind bells, as they were commonly known, became popular for use in the house and on shrines as a means to fend off unwanted energies. The popularity of wind bells in houses and shrines translated well to common outdoor spaces. These practices moved west with the spread of Asian influence in art and design.
Author Resource: Glenn Mast is a successful business owner of a couple websites that offer Amish Handcrafted Products. His sites offer products and information about Amish Made Products & decor for your home, lawn or garden.