“Wind chimes are a type of percussion instrument constructed from suspended tubes, rods, bells or other objects that are often made of metal or wood. The tubes or rods are suspended along with some type of weight or surface which the tubes or rods can strike when they or another wind-catching surface are blown by the natural movement of air outside.” – Wikipedia
Who made the first wind chime?
The Times of India say wind chimes have been around since 1100BC when an ancient Chinese emperor and civilizations cast the first wind bells called Feng-lings. Feng-lings were hung from shrines and pagodas to ward off evil spirits and attract benevolent ones. Today, wind chimes are common in the East and used to maximize the flow of chi, or life’s energy.
When Japan opened their ports to western countries in the mid-1800’s, eastern traditions and material goods began to make their way to Europe and the Americas for the first time. Now cultures around the world enjoy wind chimes around their homes and gardens.
Wind Chimes Explained
A windchime can come in an unlimited variety of tones, ranging from ephemeral, tinkling fairy bells to deeply sonorous, nearly inaudible basso tones. And far from being relegated to frequency alone, wind chimes can be metal, glass, plastic, wood (Woodstock wind chimes), or combinations of them, and even other materials.
Chimes produce in-harmonic sounds and are a meditation medium, the soothing “white noise” of melody. High quality meditation medium wind chimes hung at differing heights will produce louder or clearer tones. Wind chimes can be made of metal or wood, and in shapes such as rods or tubes. Other materials can be glass, bamboo, shells, stones, earthenware, porcelain, or other exotic items such as silverware — even cookie cutters!
WIND CHIMES AND FENG SHUI
The literal translation of Feng Shui is “wind and water”. When it comes to Feng Shui, the oriental way of “calm rightness,” wind chimes really offer more than just music. Some schools of thought preach that the sounds of chimes can cure negative energies.
Wind chimes are used not just for their sound effects, but also for purifying and enhancing energy within a certain area. They provide a calming effect, creating melodious sounds, generating meditative feelings, and engaging senses other than just hearing — listening to wind chimes reduces stress and promotes relaxation. These sounds are considered to have a healing effect on the body and mind, encouraging people to listen, creating upbeat feelings, and are said to unblock emotional stress and bring feelings of inner peace and more of a sense of balance to one’s life.
Inviting positive energy through deep tones display creates a positive aura and dissipates negative or stagnant energies. Wind chimes are also aesthetically pleasing to the eye (especially decorative wind chimes), they do a fantastic job of enhancing your outdoor designs as well as adding colour and texture to your landscape while creating good luck and positive energy at the same time.