Please join CTCW’s Otherworldly on Zoom this Wednesday, March 23rd, at 8 PM Eastern Time.
This week Tchipakkan will share some basic information about the Ukrainian Art of making magickal dolls for health, prosperity, love, happiness, and protecting the home and family. These popular gifts at weddings, births, and other rites of passage are very much made with intent. We’ll talk about how these are similar to, and different from poppet work in other cultures, and how to make this variety for our own homes.
I, Tchipakkan, make no claim to Ukrainian ancestry (although, who knows? I’m an American mutt!) Rather I have been studying magick for most of 70 years and found out as much as I can about these dolls. As with much folk practice, there seems to be a great deal variety in how it’s done by those who were taught by their mothers. I will tell you what materials you need to gather, and what the rules are, and show you several tricks I’ve learned, but as one of the rules is that each doll should be made in a single session, this is not going to be a ‘make it along during the show’ workshop. (Perhaps we can do one during the conference.)
Motanka dolls are only one type of magickal doll in the Slavic cultural repertoire. There are variations within the group Motanka, and others including Krupinichka, Zernushka, Travnitsa (filled with buckwheat), Zhelannitsa, Nerazluchniki (the inseperables), Desoatiruchnitsa (who have ten hands), Sarika (bird dolls), LichomankI (against illness), Zadanica (the wish doll), and Podorojnitsa “one who comes along the way” with you. So depending upon what sort of help you want, you’ll be making a different doll. Some have herbs, coins, grain, or other charms inside, and you may, as I did, become fascinated with Slavic magickal techniques (like wax divination) and holidays (Bulgarians burn a large Baba Marta at the Spring Equinox to banish winter, which reminds me of the Lichomanki.) While some of these dolls are made to sell to tourists (without magickal intent, I assume), this is still a living practice, and new forms are still developing.
Please come, bring questions, and you’ll be able to watch the recording later to follow how the dolls are made. I’ll be showing at least three types, a larger one, a small poppet, and the one filled with grain. Invite any friends who may know more to share with us.
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