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      Cristina in Versailles, France, asks:

      I have two Japanese oni holding bells. I would like to know more about theim. Why are they holding bells? (with a little hammer to make them sound) I have seen there is an article about oni and bells in the bell Tower Oct 1986. How can I read it? Thank you very much for your answer. Cristina

      I have sent Cristina a copy of Myra Cohen’s “Story of the Oni Bell” from the Oct. 1983 Bell Tower but it doesn’t address the question of why they are called holding bells. Can anyone tell us more?

      If you are reluctant to post on the forum, please send your information to me at coordinator@americanbell.org and I will post it for you.



      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

      P.S. I have posted Myra’s one-page story in the “Articles About Bells” section of the “Bell Talk” Forum.

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