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?