What do we know about Slavic dolls?
The doll is one of the oldest human toys. The Russian word "doll" is akin to the Greek "kiklos", meaning a circle, something rolled up. The purpose of the dolls…

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Nasty horrible dolls. Why are monsters popular?
Debate about the dangers and benefits of Barbie dolls and the like barely had time to resound; parents and psychologists are still arguing about whether to give girls into the…

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What are the good girls in the house? Just pupae ...
Do you know why I love anime? And because of the girls. Such thin, delicate, fragile, with huge wide open eyes, in which flare trembles, and curved eyelashes. Usually these…

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Why did our ancestors kept … dolls behind the stove?

In ancient times, our ancestors had a cherished custom: to keep 12 dolls suspended from a string on the stove – “twists” (or “stolushkahs”), made by all means by members of the family living in the house.
It was necessary to comply with a number of special conditions and rules. For example, neither scissors nor needles can be used: either the flax fiber was wrapped in a rag and tied with a linen thread in a special way, so that the cross was oblique (this was the way the “stolushkahs” were made), or the rag was twisted and tied to form a head, arms, figures (the “stolushka” and hands were not). Continue reading

Why did our ancestors need dolls?
In our age, dolls are, most often, children's toys. But it was not always so. In ancient times, the Slavs took them quite seriously. Dolls were the main charms, each…

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Do modern children play paper dolls?
One day, buying something at the newsstand, I noticed a bright envelope with a doll painted on it and the inscription “Marina”. Memories from childhood immediately surfaced in my head…

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Is Barbie a perfect doll or a monster?
I didn’t want anything so much in my childhood like a Barbie doll. The desire to have a perfect (as it seemed) plastic figure with a beautiful face and blond…

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Tonner dolls. Have you heard of these?
When I started writing this article, I realized that I would have to collect a lot of information about these dolls, review photos, and I was really afraid of “getting…

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