(4/27/05 11:49 am)
Re: other dolls|
If the Japanese doll festival that darklingthrush is refering to is the same ceremony practiced by Shinto priests - in which outgrown dolls are taken to shrines in order to release their spirits - perhaps looking through stories connected to this Shinto tradition would be a place to start.
These beliefs are still widely accepted today in Japan, and the dollfi (doll/figure) company Volks even performs a Omukae (welcoming) ceremony to new owners, in which they are spiritually bonded to their new "angels".
For the curious:
(which also translates a lot of Rimbaud!)
(4/27/05 12:15 pm)
Re: Swan Maiden|
This trick also shows up in the tales of Anansi the Spider (The version that turns up in the Brer Rabbit stories is probably derived from that one).
There are a number of stories about animated objects from Japan. There is a Japanese folk belief that if a household object is kept for a certain amount of time (Usually 100 years), it will develop a kind of minor soul, and become weirdly animated. While "haunted" items (Tsukumogami) are most often things like farm tools, dishes, lanterns or umbrellas, I wouldn't be surprised if haunted dolls figure in there somewhere.
There is also the Yuki Onna (Lady of the Snows), an evil mountain spirit from Japanese folklore. In one story, she carries a bundle of ice formed into the shape of a baby. If she manages to trick a traveller into touching the ice doll, the victim is also turned to ice.
(4/27/05 12:36 pm)
Re: Swan Maiden|
Wow- those dolls are incredible. Is this the same company that made the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts dolls that were posted here a while ago ? I don't see them on this site, but they were very similar in style.
It would be pretty disturbing if some of these dolls started coming to life - especially the girl with the strange lavender eyes on the Super Dolfie 13 page.
To clarify, the Anansi/Brer Rabbit reference was for the honeymeal doll trap- I was too slow with my post!