Dolls-amulets - an important part of the culture of the Slavs. Our ancestors attached great importance to the making of dolls, which protected the house and the household from evil spirits and all sorts of misfortunes. Making your own doll-amulet is a creative work, but you still need to know certain rules that you need to follow in order to make the right doll. Our ancestors made dolls without a face, so that through their eyes an evil spirit could not enter into it. When creating dolls, you can not use needles or scissors, everything must be tied or tied. That's why these dolls were also called motankami or rvankami (because the fabric can not be cut, but only tear). According to the beliefs, cutting off the cloth, you cut off the energy, which should accumulate in the amulet. Although the doll was allowed to use a needle when making clothes. Naturally, creating a guardian, a person should be in a good mood. It is not recommended to take up an angry or tired job. You must pass on your doll to your positive emotions and feelings. To create a doll is preferably on your knees, and not at the table. After all, the energy of different people is mixed at the table, this is a common place, and our knees are our personal space. Different dolls are made in different phases of the moon. On the waning moon, dolls are made from illnesses, so that something goes away and does not return. To make the doll contribute to fertility and wealth, it is made on the growing moon. It is recommended not to make dolls on big holidays, but also on Friday and Sunday. And know that the doll is made at a time, you can not stretch the process for a few days. So, let's get started. I will show you how to make a doll Bereginya-Travnitsa, who will be the keeper of health in your home. It is somewhat different from the traditional herbalists presented on the Internet, as it does not have that wide skirt in which the fragrant herbs were poured. We will place them in her bag. Also I want to note that Slavic dolls do not have any relation to the black magic of Voodoo! Magic Voodoo was used to cause evil, and Slavic dolls - as a guard against the forces of evil, evil eye, spoilage, and of course there were dolls for children. For work we will need:
- cardboard tube from paper towels,
- flap for a scarf 25 * 25,
- flap for apron 7 * 5,
- flap for the top skirt (Ponev) 14 * 25,
- flap for the lower skirt 15 * 25,
- a flap for the bag 13 * 7,
- flap for the anal sex 18 * 6,
- flap for shirt 20 * 20,
- 2 white flaps 7 * 7,
- white flap 20 * 20,
- cotton wool,
- red thread.
Here I indicated the approximate size, you cantake materials of other sizes suitable for you. In general, initially the Slavs made dolls-bereguins from twisted birch bark, most often birch (in no case was aspen was used, our ancestors considered it a tree of death). But in modern conditions birch bark is hard to get, therefore the puppet-makers have an unspoken rule: the cardboard is a tree, so it is quite suitable for replacement, only the cardboard tube should be without letters. We take our cardboard tube, cotton wool, a white flap 20 * 20 and a thread. We decorate the head, cover the cotton wool from above with a cloth andwrap. We try to do everything carefully, to avoid unnecessary folds. Sometimes a person embroider or make a cross out of the thread (the pagans designated the sun with this cross, so this symbol so easily entered our culture), and people thus endowed the doll with additional protection. But we will not do this. Another subtlety: The winding of the threads is done clockwise, along the course of the sun, the number of turns must be equal to or multiples of three, and the number of knots - odd. An odd number is probably due to the ratio of our ancestors to numbers. Odd numbers were associated with Life for them, and even with Death, for in pagan representations Death was the opposite, mirror, second life. But as for the multiple of the number of thread turns, this is because number three is the value of the Unity of the Soul, Body and Spirit in the doll and its future master. If the body is good, the soul is happy, the spirit is calm, then the person is quite happy. Next, we take 2 white flaps 7 * 7 to make the doll's breast, in the center of each of them we put cotton wool on a lump and bind it at the base with a thread. A doll with a breast is a symbol of fertility, femininity, well-being. And then we are fastening to the trunk. Next, we need a flap for the shirt. Fold it diagonally. We band 2 corners with threads, forming hands, and make a small incision in the middle for the gate. We put on a shirt and tie it with a string. It was the turn of the ancestor. We fold the flap along in half and fix it on the head of our doll. We tie a handkerchief. We put on the lower skirt and thread. Just fix the thread ponevu and apron, which I decorated, sewing colored scraps. Let's start making a bag of our Travnitsa. I cut the fabric flap along the edges, threaded a braid in the form of a braid, and a mixture of herbs of thyme and mother-and-stepmother was put inside the bag. In ancient times it was believed that if someone from the household suddenly fell ill, you need to rub between the fingers of the contents of the bag Travnitsy. At the same time the fragrance of fragrant herbs was scattered throughout the house. And the content itself had to be changed every 2 years. That's such a beauty we got. Put it in a prominent place and stay healthy!