h a l f b a k e r y
The halfway house for at-risk ideas
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
Instead of poking pins in a dolly, poke love and care into it. I
make dolls, and add items into the stuffing to signify my
and wishes for the doll's owner. I have a friend who REALLY
BELIEVES in healing crystals, so- healing crystals go into the
doll. Bloodstone in the lower torso for
the stomach and
reproductive organs, Blue Adventurine in the chest against
asthma. Do I believe in healings stones? Not really, but she
does, and I hope the power of her belief gives her hope, if
not genuine relief. Herbs, prayers written out and inserted
into the doll- whatever the belief system requires.
A pretty descriptive link, describes the basics and trans-atlantic connections. [reensure, Dec 18 2000]
A form of faith in the healer's abilities. Good discussion of the shortcomings of Western investigative science. [reensure, Dec 18 2000]
||So that's how I got kidney stones!
I just got a letter from a friend who objected to my
working within a belief system I don't wholly embrace. It's
not that I dont embrace it- Here's the thing. I was raised
an Athiest, and a sceptic, and although I see patterns, I
maybe interpret them a little differently. I definitely have
respect for my materials, and I have far more respect for
the beliefs that power them. I go to great pains to ensure
that my clients get what they expect. I will even research
for properties, and argue with my clients about what
stones are better for the use we are putting them. If
someone wants to put their trust in my work, I am not
willing to fail that trust. But, that's just basic integrity, I
would hope! Terry Pratchett, one of our times greatest
philosophers, put approximately like this; "Preists," he says
"do not beleive in the gods they serve. How can they?
They know them far too intimately..."
Am I half-baking a different idea here?
||Are not voodoo dolls designed to do just as you suggest? My belief is that the dolls, talismans, emblems, engrams, or whatever form they take, were conceived as a means to protect the holder from evil outside influences. Further, the popular media of the past few hundred years have portrayed these dolls as instruments of revenge by the hand of voodoo "priests" or "priestessess" (I parenthesize to denote the anti-catholic bias implicit in these portrayals ;--0)
Actually, you would NOT want to do some of the things our local Santeria followers do to ward off evil.
||Why not just put Band-aids on a regular voodoo doll?
||Was going to post this, saw it's already been suggested,
||// End of communication //