Friday, February 23, 2007

Voodoo Dolls

We saw these months ago in Tokyo. They were a bit expensive so I didn't buy one -- much to my son's chagrin. Then last week I found them again in a store near us. The gal was unloading boxes of the little critters. It was my birthday, I had money in my pocket, so I bought three (ending up giving one away...sniff).


They're Voodoo Dolls from Thailand, evidently.

Here's J's:



Here's mine:


I didn't think it was really bloggable until I saw that China has outlawed them. Why? Because they possess black magic powers. And I gave one to my kid!

They each come with some special ability. J's is for concentration. With all the homework the kid has even he has agreed he needs all the help he can get. Mine is actually to stop smoking or to get rid of some other bad habit. With all my bad habits...I should have bought more. Most, though, are for love of some kind or other. Some for peace or driving away evil. Oh, and there were a few to stop your significant other from having an affair and a few to encourage it.

I found this on a Japanese site. Each color represents some wish: Purple~to be popular, Blue~health, Pink~love, Yellow~money. But then at the bottom is says that if you have some other 'dangerous' wish that is not covered in the above colors you buy that black and white fellow. So maybe they are evil.


Mine didn't come with any pin or instructions on how to destroy someone's spirit. I just liked the the bikini top and the whip.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

J gets a tongue tattoo to go with the stud . You start wondering what your husband's blood tastes like - not in little licks, but in gulps. Shockingly sharp, needle-like pains in the head.

Bad Idea.

PS. Did you get a chance to see the great Carnival photos from Rio?
Go to the Globo site there http://www.globo.com/ and look at all the great stuff (Carnival 2007, on the left side). If you go to the Mardi Gras stuff from New Orleans, you'll see drunken Americans. The women with painted tits instead of shirts are fun for me, but only a couple of them actually should go without support. Go to Carnival and you'll see people who have been working the entire year to look good. Huge Floats and Dance Groups of Hundreds!!! Great Videos!! The local Carnivals are also good to look at, to see more of where the celebration in Rio evolved from. I'm so glad that I spent a year in intensive Portuguese. I actually used it when I lived in Kakegawa and I got a houseload of Brazilian illegals living next to me.
Imomomo

Bk30 said...

LOL, you would get the S&M doll.
you didn't realize it was connected to "Black Magic"? where they not labeled as Voodo Dolls? lol. And why would China care? they don't recognize any religion except their General guy right? or am I just being a dumb American again? lol

Pat said...

Are they supposed to be for kids or adults? They look like a dark and twisty cross between voodoo dolls and the old troll dolls. I'm surprised they haven't made it over here yet!

Kappa no He said...

Imomo: I've done passed my black arts phase. And I suppose I'll have to worry about various body peircings and tattoos soon enough with the child. I'll let you know about the headaches.

The Carny pics were great! Took a bit to navigate the language, ha ha.

Bk: Actually, no! They didn't say they were voodoo dolls. How sneaky is that?

Kappa no He said...

Pat: I think they are aimed at junior high school/high school girls. At least that's who is really buying them up here.

One article I read said that they were starting to be sold in the States. I'm curious to see the reaction there. Interesting.

Pat said...

I bet they'll be a huge hit with the teens, and the fundamentalists will have a heyday with their religious/"Satan" meaning - which will make them all the more popular! Buy stock now! :)

jean said...

Hey, quit sticking pins in that thing!! I told you I'd get that book to you, and I will, soon! OUCH!!

Kappa no He said...

Jean: He he he~!

Nancy said...

I love it when some kitschy product manages to stir up controversy, then becomes even *more* popular as a result. How funny...

They're really cute, though, I have to admit. And I like how most of them are carrying some sort of weapon. :)

Emily Veinglory said...

Cute. I like you catwomany one. I don't think they are going to be cursing people but if you see it walking around the house late at night... well... (sleep with a bic lighter by the bed) :)

Kappa no He said...

Nancy: My favorite one was a sleeping doll holding on to a long pillow. It was hilarious.

Veinglory: I will!

Nichola said...

Oh man, I so want one of those. ONE? I want them all!!

Anonymous said...

I own like seven of those voodoo dolls i love them but i dont think they actually work though my favorite one is my vampire one

laura said...

iv got about 12 of these little guys. i got them from cala llonga in ibiza in sept this year!!!