At our home location in Coastal South West Florida most of our days are breezy, Baby Feathers wind chimes effortlessly find a way to chime every chance they get. We love the rich tunes that soothe our soul after a long day or just relaxing around the pool or in our gazebo.
Wind Chimes and Whispering Bells have spanned cultures and continents for hundreds of years. They were used as one of first musical instruments due to their unique sound and have served as a way of shaping the atmosphere of natural environments.
Researchers have been able to trace wind chimes back almost 5000 years with findings at archeological dig sites in Asia that date them to about 3000 B.C. The first believe wind chimes had a primitive constructions of bone, wood or bamboo, stone or shells and were thought to be used to ward off evil spirits. However, other evidence exists that wind chimes had a more practical use as well; dig sites in Bali, Indonesia show that farmers used the sound wind chimes and wind clappers make to scare birds and other animals from their cultivated fields. By 2000 B.C. the wind chime had been developed independently along the shores of the Mediterranean and was being cast in bronze by the ancient Egyptians.
It wasn't until around 1100 B.C., when the Chinese started casting bells, that the wind chime found it’s more modern, musical and artistic evolution. Highly skilled metal workers created the forefather of the wind chime, a clapper-less bell called yong-zhong, which was used as an accompaniment for religious ceremonies. After that the Chinese developed what is essentially the modern wind bell, called
feng-ling bell. These were hung from the eaves of shrines, temples, pagodas and in caves as wind bells were considered religious talismans thought to repel evil demons and ghosts and attract benevolent spirits. This practice was adopted in the secular world and wind chimes became common adornments in the home as a way to protect against spiteful supernatural influences.
The use of wind chimes in the home spread from China to Japan and from there to the western world in the 1800's when Asian art, design and philosophy started to show a distinct influence in Europe and America. The practice of feng-shui helped to spread the knowledge of a wind chimes calming and balancing influence in the home. An ancient system of using arrangement maximize the flow of life energy, or Chi, feng-shui often uses wind chimes as a means of shaping an environment and influencing chi. The tones and materials of a particular wind chime can affect energy and change the mood and feeling of a living space.
From uses in pagodas to ward off evil spirits to their employ by ancient Celtic tribes as a means of tricking their enemies into thinking the woods were haunted, the wind chime has had long and diverse role throughout history. In its modern incarnation the wind chime is a wonderful accent to any home or garden. The soothing tones echo the music of the breeze and bring a relaxed, meditative feeling to an environment; creating a place of peace and balance.
At Baby Feathers we try to offer a wide range of Wind Chimes & Bells for everyone please keep checking back as we will be adding to our line of selective for the most unique and affordable wind chimes and bells.