Origins: A strange booming sound is sometimes heard from church bells that no human hand has touched. This is considered an evil sign at any time (some say it signifies a death in the parish within the week), but is especially ominous if it occurs during a wedding ceremony. An early death will befall either the bride or the groom, it is said.
The normal ringing of the church bells at the conclusion of the ceremony is yet another way a couple's good fortune is secured. The noise of the bells is said to drive away evil spirits, so ring 'em hard!
Barbara "quasi mojo" Mikkelson
Last updated: 27 June 2005
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