Evil Spirit Catchers...also
known as "witch balls" date back to the 13th Century where in
Venice, Italy skilled craftsmen produced colorful balls of reflective
glass to adorn the homes of wealthy patrons.
A 15th Century priest named Antonio Nier, who is
credited for writing the first book about glass blowing, called it a
"sphere of light." Eventually they became a permanent fixture in
many European homes and gardens.
In 18th Century England, witch balls were hung in
windows to ward off witches' spells, evil spirits, and ill fortune.
Legend says that the ball's reflective beauty tantalizes the evil spirits;
when the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed into the ball and
Today evil spirit catchers are also known as
"friendship balls" and are hung year round to bring good luck
and protect those who view it.