In ancient times in Japan, all of the items created by people, including dolls, endowed with magical powers, which could cause the divine spirit, and sometimes the objects themselves were seen as gods.
On notions of the ancient Japanese dolls might relieve the child from diseases and misfortunes.For example, in the third day of the third lunar month, the local priests were made of paper dolls, boy and girl, and ceremonies transfer all troubles on these figures, and then threw them into the river, the streams which had to carry away evil and sickness, or they were burned.
To prevent the disease, with the advent of spring made of straw dolls, and with ritual cakes "dango" hung on a tree at the gate of the house.
use religious figures, bulk and flat puppets to preserve the health, getting rid of the disease and all sorts of trouble is closely linked to widespread in the ancient Japanese ritual of purification of the Great - oharai resorted to the common people, and members of the imperial family.The simplest way, which does not require much effort and time was: ritual figurines rubbed on the body with the hope that bad luck and illness will go to them.
But the fundamental freedom from contamination, the sins of the outgoing year with the paper image of man held in New Year's Eve in Shinto temples.Sold for a small fee on the eve figures acquired by the number of family members after the execution of a priest "Prayer Great cleansing" were burned or thrown into a mountain river.Dolls, go down the river, called Nagas bean.In the belief that they were being carried out with all the threatening man troubles and misfortunes.
the first day of the third moon Snakes held rite of purification of the day Snake / mi no hi but harae.On this day out on the river and let the flow of paper dolls, which previously applied to the body.
ball of wood, wool or crumpled piece of tissue paper wrapped and tied with string.It turns the head with a skirt.On the "head" sometimes draws the eyes and mouth.This doll was hung at the entrance to the house or near the window to ensure good weather the next day.
The Shinto ceremony was attended by the magic wooden doll that opens will of the gods.Mediator in the dialogue were the priestesses "Miko", endowed as it was considered an unusual gift from above "to revive the" dolls."Miko", saying the spell, not just kept in front of the doll, they manipulate it, causing the audience to believe that they were not dead before the tree, and being revived.
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