Artifacts Poppets

Traditional Slavic Talisman Doll, Folk Rag Doll, Lithuania

Collected April 2022

BHDecorEU on Etsy

“These are not simply dolls, but they have traditional Slavic symbolisms and meanings. They act as magic talismans!

This small doll combines elements of two Slavic talisman dolls – the body-rattle of the traditional Northern House Keeper that existed in the Russian North, and the face-twist in the form of a spiral, found in the Komi-Permyaks, Khants and Mansi.

The spiral face symbolizes the birth and endless continuation of life, and the flaps of fabric tied together reflect the multilevel nature of a person and the three surrounding worlds. In other words, in the center – the essence, the truth, the indivisible and integral, and around this – the entire world around us, divided into layers. All of this is firmly connected together.

The shape of this doll resembles a rattle or a broom. With these elements, slavs expelled evil spirits out of the house. It was believed that the more vivid colors this doll have – the greater its strength.

All of these dolls are handcrafted and special, they bring with themselves ancient magic through traditions that were kept for hundreds of years. Such dolls are really hard to find these days making them even more special and unique!”

By kdhumewriter

A queer writer and artist from the tidal flats of the Salish Sea. Author of Between Death and the Devil: Tarot Poems, So Our Idols are Dead: Empowerment Poems, and Persons of Consequence: A Pacific Northwest Gothic Novel.

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