GUATEMALAN WORRY DOLLS
In the rural Mayan regions of Guatemala, weaving cloth, especially
striped cotton cloth, is a major occupation -- and wherever cloth is
manufactured and sewn into clothing, there are bound to be scraps.
So, just as African Americans devised mojo bags
from scraps of the red flannel used for winter undergarments during the 19th century,
so do the Guatemalan Indians make small magical bags out of their
famous striped cloth. But what's inside these bags are not fetishes,
amulets, charms, or religious medals -- inside the bag you will find six
tiny dolls made from little splinters of wood and bits of
cloth and thread.
These are Guatemalan Worry Dolls -- and their name indicates their use:
When a child in the family are worried or frightened of things or events,
the parents present him or her with a bag of Worry Dolls. The child is
given one Worry Doll each night and instructed to tell one trouble or fear
to the doll, then to place the doll under the pillow and go to sleep. The next morning the
when the child wakes up, the
Worry Doll is gone from the bed, taking that worry with it. A course of six
days of worry-removal is usually sufficient to restore
the average child to happiness.
Where do the Worry Dolls disappear to?
We think they go off to live in Tooth Fairy land -- but we are not quite sure.
Order Guatemalan Worry Dolls from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
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