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The systematic study of bells (Lat. campana), especially large hanging bells. The field embraces bell design, manufacture and tuning, hanging and methods of sounding, performance and repertoire, and the history and traditions of bells in their many functions as signal and apotropaic devices, ritual implements, musical instruments (individually and grouped as chimes, carillons, etc.), symbols, and other aspects. In a more limited sense, campanology denotes the study of bell ringing....

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