The Worry Dolls were born in Highlands of Guatemala in the laps of indigenous people. These dolls are little pieces of art and tradition that originated in the ancient Mayan culture. The tradition has been passed down from one generation to the next and now can be found all over the world.
Worry dolls are a collection of 6 -12 dolls, made by hand, usually no more than 2 inches tall. They are dressed in traditional Mayan clothes and headdresses made from scraps of hand-woven cloth. Before going to bed a person is supposed to tell each doll a worry, then tuck them into a pouch or box for the night allowing the dolls to bear the burden and the person to sleep peacefully. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night. Hence these little dolls are no less than super heroes!
The story of the Mayan princess named Ixmucane seen in my publications is the most endearing. In this story, the dolls were a special gift to her from the sun god. It allowed her to solve any problem a human could worry about. Once the worry was shared with the doll, she could take the care out of our world and into hers. Which is an example of the Mayan tradition of never setting out to accomplish an important task by yourself. As seen recently, several Mayan elders traveled from Guatemala to Standing Rock to show solidarity with the Sioux tribe who they consider as their fellow indigenous allies. Worry dolls are also used in modern pediatrics and child psychiatry to keep the Bogeyman at bay.
The showing of solidarity by the global indigenous community reveals exactly how important this historic struggle against the DAPL is, not only for the Standing Rock Sioux but for Native peoples the world over. Source
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