SLAVIC DOLLS OF THE CHARM
What souvenirs most strongly reflect the national color of each country? Of course, these are handicrafts, and among them dolls amulets. These are the items that were made for centuries by the best craftsmen. In our country there are a lot of folk crafts that reflect the national characteristics of different parts. One of the types of folk art is the manufacture of amulets dolls. The art of creating dolls is a unique type of creativity, because it contains various rituals and traditions that have been transmitted from generation to generation for centuries.
The once-disappeared craftsmanship of creating folk dolls is now actively reviving, like many other folk crafts and traditions. Original and unusual souvenirs and gifts have become popular now. The Slavic doll amulet can be attributed to such souvenirs. It will be an excellent gift both for the holiday, and just to make it pleasant for loved ones. These unusual souvenirs can be purchased in special souvenir shops, as well as do it yourself.
When making a gift in the form of a Slavic amulet doll, you need to know its history. Because the Slavs had many such dolls, and each of them had its own meaning. Let’s take a closer look at the role the amulet doll played in the ancient population in Russia and how it was created.
Modern people and children, in particular, perceive the doll as a toy. But in ancient times, the doll played not only the role of a toy. They were made by people as amulets from evil forces and various misfortunes, as well as purposefully. Each doll was responsible for a specific area of life. And her appointment left an imprint on the appearance of the doll. Basically, they were a reflection of female deities.
Slavic dolls charms were made by the female half of the population. Men did not participate in this and did not even look at materials for work. The dolls did not have a face. It was believed that with their faces a soul appears. And this could be used for witchcraft purposes by bad people.
Of great importance was the quality of the product. It influenced the whole family of women workers. Therefore, before starting work, the hostess read the conspiracies. The girl’s first doll was made at the age of 13. Willingness to create a family was assessed by the quality of the toy. The most beautiful items were stored in chests with another girl dowry.
What did the doll mean in the life of the ancient Slavs
Slavic amulets dolls not only decorated the house and were used as toys for children. They helped people in everyday life and in their personal lives. They were made for different holidays, for gifts, and as symbols of rites (for example, for weddings, in honor of the birth of children, to preserve health and wealth).
The life of ancient people was based on the fact that nature had its own cycles, and this was connected with farming. Therefore, dolls were made by a certain important time of the year. They had their own specific name, purpose, and meaning. Some dolls were burned later, while others were placed in the house.
There are many types of Slavic dolls of charms, of which we will discuss in detail in the next publication.