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« Topic Start: July 15, 2007, 05:15:17 pm »

I have heard that bells can symbolize both the air element and the goddess in Wicca.

I am also aware of their Cristian role, summoning people to worship and marking special events like weddings.

And in Buddhism, I know there is a sort of metal bowl that sounds like a bell when 'played” and is used for meditation purposes.   

What is the significance or symbolism of bells in your religious tradition?  Do you know anything about the history of bells in Egypt, Greece, or the Levant?
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« Reply #1: July 15, 2007, 06:19:54 pm »

What is the significance or symbolism of bells in your religious tradition?  Do you know anything about the history of bells in Egypt, Greece, or the Levant?

I can't think of a think for them in Greece. Matter of fact, I'm not even sure they *had* bells. Cymbals probably, but I'm not remembering reading anything about bells in ancient Greece.

I would suspect that their use would have been more limited, though. You get a bell/gong rung in an Episcopal church that means that something is happening in the Eucharist that people need to pay attention to. Might be something like that.

Fascinating topic, though. Hopefully someone will come in with a bit more knowledge than I have. Smiley
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« Reply #2: July 15, 2007, 10:42:51 pm »

I can't think of a think for them in Greece. Matter of fact, I'm not even sure they *had* bells. Cymbals probably, but I'm not remembering reading anything about bells in ancient Greece.

Nor do I remember reading anything about bells in ancient Greece.
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« Reply #3: July 16, 2007, 01:29:22 am »

Nor do I remember reading anything about bells in ancient Greece.

Yeah, despite charming Renaissance depictions of Pythagorus banging away on bells and water-filled glasses, the actual material culture is pretty much a void as far as ancient instruments are concerned. Even artistic depictions are primarily wind and string instruments. Not so much with the percussive. (I can't even think of a depiction of anything other than a hand-drum.)


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« Reply #4: July 16, 2007, 12:41:01 pm »

Even artistic depictions are primarily wind and string instruments.

I remember reading about the grove of Dodona in Greece.  They had wind chimes that were used for scrying. 
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« Reply #5: July 16, 2007, 07:04:39 pm »

What is the significance or symbolism of bells in your religious tradition?  Do you know anything about the history of bells in Egypt, Greece, or the Levant?

I know that bells are female, but I am drawing a blank about anything else...

Personally, bells are the signal to come out of deep trance.

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« Reply #6: July 16, 2007, 07:30:20 pm »

I remember reading about the grove of Dodona in Greece.  They had wind chimes that were used for scrying. 

I've heard this, but I've never been able to track down a quote, so if you have one, or come across one, please lmk. Accounts I've read mentioned listening to the cooing of birds (doves) and the rustling of leaves and branches in the winds, but the closest mention I've found of chimes is mention of 'clanging tripods' (did they hit them? like a drum?), which are also described as surrounding the grove (and are evidenced at other oracular sites, like Delphi).
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« Reply #7: July 17, 2007, 05:25:55 pm »

I have heard that bells can symbolize both the air element and the goddess in Wicca.

I am also aware of their Cristian role, summoning people to worship and marking special events like weddings.

And in Buddhism, I know there is a sort of metal bowl that sounds like a bell when 'played” and is used for meditation purposes.   

What is the significance or symbolism of bells in your religious tradition?  Do you know anything about the history of bells in Egypt, Greece, or the Levant?

Although I can't point you to any sources off-hand, bells supposedly have some sort of connection with the Otherworld and faeries. I've also heard of people ringing bells to ritually cleanse an area.

I have some really old bells that came from places that mean something to me sentimentally, but I don't really use them in worship.

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« Reply #8: November 04, 2007, 05:09:11 pm »

I have heard that bells can symbolize both the air element and the goddess in Wicca.

I am also aware of their Cristian role, summoning people to worship and marking special events like weddings.

And in Buddhism, I know there is a sort of metal bowl that sounds like a bell when 'played” and is used for meditation purposes.   

What is the significance or symbolism of bells in your religious tradition?  Do you know anything about the history of bells in Egypt, Greece, or the Levant?

I don't know that this is part of any tradition, but I have a beautiful bell that I sometimes use when ritually cleansing a space.  I also use it when calling in the Goddess in group rituals. 

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