mesoamerica and the maya world

Guatemalan worry dolls

guatemala worry doll

Worry people are small, rather crude (but charming) dolls, usually sold in batches of several in a bag or box. As far as I know they are particular to the Maya of highland Guatemala. Children put them under their pillows at night as a sleep aid.

Tradition — or the vendors of the dolls — has it that one confesses one’s worry to the doll before putting it under the pillow. Then by morning the worry people will have taken that worry away.

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  1. siusi

    lindo, queria fazer uma exposição de bonecas do mundo

  2. Very good homemade worry dolls.

    On my website goecostore
    A cute range of hand crafted Worry Dolls made under a Fair Trade scheme in Guatemala.
    Embroidered bag with 6 handcrafted worry dolls made by CreArte in Guatemeala.

    Legend has it that if you put them underneath your pillow, whilst you are sleeping the dolls will take away your worries.

    For more dtails go to

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