Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy ImpellizzeriAccording to Mayan tradition, if you whisper your troubles to the Worry Dolls, they will do the worrying instead of you--therefore, it follows that Worry Dolls are the keepers of a great many secrets . . .
On the eve of the end of the world--according to the Mayan calendar--Mari Guarez Rosellis secrets are being unraveled by her daughter, Lu.
Lus worry dolls are at-capacity as she tries to outrun the ghosts from her past--including loved ones stolen on 9/11--by traveling through her mothers homeland of Guatemala, to discover the painful reasons behind her own dysfunctional childhood, and why she must trust in the magic of the legend.
Worry dolls are small, mostly hand-crafted dolls that are originally from the highlands of Guatemala. They are sometimes called Guatemalan worry dolls or trouble dolls. They date back to Mayan culture and tradition. Worry dolls are mostly hand-made. The size of the dolls can vary between half an inch and two inches.
Worry Dolls are tiny, hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala. Guatemalan artisans bind pieces of wood together or twist together short lengths of wire to create a frame and fashion a torso, legs, arms, and head. By winding cloth and yarn around the frame, the artisans give the doll shape. They use scraps of traditional woven fabric to make the doll costumes and wind more yarn to create the head, hair, feet and hands. Sometimes, they add a tiny woven basket or other traditional implements. Finally, they place a set of dolls in tiny wooden boxes or cloth pouches for sale. The indigenous people from the Highlands in Guatemala created Worry Dolls many generations ago as a remedy for worrying.
Then, they put them under the pillow, and when they wake up, their worries are gone. Worry dolls are incredible pieces of a traditional Guatemalan legend. According to this legend, the exact origin of which is unknown, the doll worries about the problem instead of the person, allowing the person to sleep peacefully. The worries stay with the doll, which will have to be caressed to prevent it from being in pain. I whisper my worries to them very quietly and they silently heal me of them. Me, who never believed in amulets or sorcery.
According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries.
Guatemala is a country in Central America which has a long and rich cultural history. The Mayan culture was strong and there are many impressive Mayan ruins to explore. These dolls are originally from the highlands of Guatemala. They are very tiny dolls. Usually they are only 1 inch long or 2. There is not one singular correct look for these dolls. In Guatemala they are sold by the thousands in markets all over the country.
Guatemalan artisans create these tiny dolls by winding cloth and yarn and use scraps of traditional colorful woven fabric to make their costumes. They place a set of 6 dolls generally representing three women and three men in tiny wooden boxes or cloth pouches for sale. The indigenous people from the Highlands in Guatemala created the quitapenas many generations ago as a remedy for worrying and sadness. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night. Here one can meet children holding these dolls which generally stand two centimetres tall.
Feel free to share this great guidance from Better Sleep Council spokeswoman Lissa Coffey with your shoppers with credit given, of course. Worry can contribute to insomnia or trouble falling asleep. This is when we wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep. Why does worry affect our sleep? Worrying is nothing new.