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Many well educated Ghost Hunters and Paranormal experts usually carry a secret weapon in their arsenal of ghost Hunting equipment. But the reason this secret is not well known is because it's truths lay in the ancient myth that the sound of a ringing bell can break a spell.
Catholics Church bells are also blessed as sacramentals; their pealing has a minor exorcism attached to it. As well, many church bells are rung three times a day to accompany the recitation of the Angelus prayer.
A bell is a simple sound-making device. The bell is a percussion instrument and an idiophone. Its form is usually an open-ended hollow drum which resonates upon being struck. The striking implement can be a tongue suspended within the bell, known as a clapper, a small, free sphere enclosed within the body of the bell or a separate mallet.
Bells are usually made of cast metal, but small bells can also be made from ceramic or glass. Bells can be of all sizes: from tiny dress accessories to church bells weighing many tons.
Bells have always by man been thought to chase away evil. Hence cow bells and even jingle bells. In Feng Shui they are used to clear a space. So Hence they are used in clearing haunted houses, locations and even individuals of a evil presence.
Most churches have a bell, which is rung joyfully throughout the year marking various events and the passage of time. In France all church bells are silenced on the Thursday before Good Friday, in acknowledgement of Christ's crucifixion. They are rung again on Easter Sunday in celebration of his resurrection. In fun, children are told that the bell's chimes have flown to Rome when they were silenced on the Thursday before Easter Friday to see the Pope and fetch their eggs.
The ringing of a church bell at midnight on all Hallow's Eve can cause a witch to fall from the sky. It can also stop evil spells against a town that it is rung in.
Bells rung at Christmas New Years day and other Holy Days of Obligation are thought to dispel evil. Weaken it or make it powerless for a time.
Ghosts, Witches, Demons and magical creatures are said to be effected by bell ringing also. Hand bell ringing is said to be able to chase a ghost from a haunted house. And even stop a zombie from moving for 5 minutes in the New Orleans Hoodoo-Voodoo Beliefs. This being usually enough time to afford you to run away.
Devils and Gods are said to be sometimes summoned by the sound of a ringing or tinkling bell. Even the sound of tinkling keys can either call or dispel a ghost or demon. Or so it is so believed by a few Ghost and Paranormal investigators who often carry them for protection purposes.
Audrey copeland a Paranormal Investigator of many years is said to actually use her keys as a pendulum. she douses with them as well as a actual large school bell. When it rings she states a ghost is near.
Personally since I practice Necromancy I ring a bell loudly through out my home for five minutes 4 times a day. Once in the morning, at lunch, dinner and after my necromantic rituals just to clear the air. I use a tibetan bell.
Ritual Vajra and Bell
The ritual scepter (vajra, rdo-rje) and bell (ghanta, dril-bu) are the most important ritual elements in Vajrayana Buddhism. The vajra, from which Vajrayana Buddhism takes its name, symbolizes the active male aspect of enlightenment often equated with skillful means, compassion, or bliss. The vajra evolved from the thunderbolt-scepter wielded by the Vedic god Indra. When used in ritual, the vajra is paired with the bell which represents the feminine principle of wisdom. These twin principles of compassion and wisdom are indispensable to the attainment of enlightenment. Although the use of the vajra and bell varies from ritual to ritual, they are used primarily in tandem with ritual gestures (mudra, phyag rgya) to evoke the Buddhas and Bodhi-sattvas, or to make musical offerings to various deities.
Many Ghost Hunters today carry totems to ward off evil entities. Some wear indian medicine pouches and patches. Or Voodoo- Hoodoo Gris-Gris bags. Still others might hang their keys on their belt or around their necks. And in essence they don't know why they can't get evidence of a real haunting.
It's in essence like belling a cat. A ghost hears the sound and runs! But this may not be true in all cases but the majority .
Wearing a key on a chain is said to ward off the evil eye as well as the sound of many keys is said to chase a ghost away from an individual. Or stop them from being possessed. And brass keys hung on your bed at night will keep ghosts from entering your dreams.
So the next time you go ghost hunting or involved in a deep lengthy, possibly dangerous Paranormal investigation, please remember to put away your keys and carry a bell just in case.
Chuch bells have a fairly long history of use in such capacities as calling for worship, signalling times of prayer, telling the time, warning of danger, etc. The reason is pretty straightforward: Nobody had watches, etc., back in the days when the practice of church bell ringing was first popularized.
It is really not all that common to hear church bells ringing at the top of every hour unless the church doubles as a type of civic center (as in many cities designed with a central square occupied by a church). Perhaps more common today in that capacity is the university campanile or town hall clock tower or other such structure.
At any rate, concerning church bells: Paulinus, bishop of Nola, a town of Campania, in Italy supposedly introduced the ringing of bells in a Christian chuch as early as the 400s. In 604, the use of bells in churches was sanctioned by Pope Sabinian, and a ceremony for blessing them was established a little later. It should be said that the bells were not rung on the hour in these cases. They were used strictly for religious purposes. The first church tower erected expressly for bells was supposedly that erected by Pope Stephen II (752-757) in Rome. (www.adoremus.org/1001bells.ht ml)
The most common use for church bells historically were for calling the faithful to worship. For example, bells are rung to mark the times for the Angelus (a mostly Cathoilic practice) at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. Also, bells have historically been rung to mark particular times during the weekly or daily services. (Most commonly before a service or mass, marking a funeral or wedding, marking times of prayer)
To sum up, the most common times to hear a church bell ringing are before services and daily at around 6 a.m., around noon and around 6 p.m. Some churches will sound the bells to mark times of prayer (up to ten times a day). The schedule varies for each church, but here's one example:
6:00 am -- Vigils (and Angelus)
7:15 am -- Lauds (Morning Prayer)
7:45 am -- Breakfast
11:45 am -- Mass
12:20 pm -- Lunch
1:05 pm -- Daytime Prayer
5:15 pm -- Vespers (Evening Prayer)
5:45 pm -- .Dinner
7:15 pm -- Compline (Night Prayer)
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