In popular culture, Voodoo dolls are usually depicted as small, hand-made models fashioned to resemble the enemies of a Voodoo practitioner. By sticking pins into the doll, the practitioner is seen to magically inflict pain or disease upon those enemies. However, this is not an accurate representation of Voodoo practices.Know More
The use of a doll or poppet to represent a person has deep roots in several traditions of folk magic and witchcraft. Such dolls were often crude figures made from twisted string or wax or carved from plant roots. Sometimes a personal object, such as a lock of hair, would be used to magically connect the doll to the person it was meant to represent. The spells performed on the doll were not always meant to bring harm. Such effigies could also be used for healing rituals.
Dolls of this type were not a part of the traditional religion called Voodoo, however. Voodoo was created by the descendants of African slaves brought to Haiti. Elements from traditional African religions were merged with elements from Roman Catholicism and created a hybrid religion. While magical rituals do have a place in traditional Voodoo, the fundamental principal of the religion is that everything is spirit. The primary goal of Voodoo is to serve the spirits by offering prayers and performing rituals in return for good health, protection and favorable outcomes. Practitioners of modern day New Orleans Voodoo often sell Voodoo dolls along with other more traditional items, but this is done primarily to satisfy the expectations of tourists.Learn more about Superstition
Making a voodoo doll requires about 3 hours and basic sewing skills. Supplies needed include cloth, needles, sewing pins, thread, Spanish moss and personal effects from the person the doll is intended to represent. Personal effects can be a photo of the person, fingernail clippings or hair. After sewing and stuffing the doll, complete the process with a naming ritual.Full Answer >
Wild chimps do not actually play with dolls at all, though a chimpanzee researcher and Harvard University faculty member named Richard Wrangham reported in 2010 that he had observed female chimpanzees in a specific location treating sticks in a manner that he thought to be similar to the way a human child might play with a doll. According to Wrangham's research, the adolescent female chimps were seen holding sticks in a manner that is similar to the way chimps hold their babies, a behavior that he did not observe reciprocated in male chimps. Wrangham also claims to have seen young male chimps in this same group using sticks in what he describes as a motion similar to that of a human boy playing with an airplane.Full Answer >
Information about Horsman dolls, complete with the model number, can be obtained from an antique distributor, online reseller of Horsman dolls or from a doll collector. Horsman dolls were manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s only, so they are considered a collectible, vintage toy.Full Answer >
Prices vary for Cabbage Patch Kids dolls depending on the type of doll and year that it was made. According to the Cabbage Patch Kids website, prices range from $10.00 to $1,000, with classic vintage dolls starting at $200.Full Answer >