Guatemalan Worry Dolls

Guatemalan worry dolls are a traditional Guatemalan method of comforting children when they are worried or scared.

When a child is worried or frightened the parents would present them with a bag of worry dolls. The child uses one worry doll each night. They tell the doll about one of their worries each night, and place the doll under their pillow as they go to sleep. When the child wakes up the next morning the doll is gone, taking the child’s worry with it.

In rural Guatemala cloth weaving is a common occupation. Naturally there are usually bits of cloth that are too small to be used, these bits and pieces are often used to create worry dolls and bags to hold them in.

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