Dolls are sacred. Ancient societies made their numerous gods like ones & worshiped them, thus they kept the magic connection that a doll created between a man & the Divine.
A doll is a very special toy. In fact it’s far more than a toy, it’s our first key to understanding what we’re & in what way we differ from the rest creatures of the world. When a child gets a doll, he encounters with himself. And this impression, mostly forgotten by us, forms our perception of the family & the human reality we live in.
First the doll helps us to comprehend our anatomy, then to learn about gender distinction as well as the model of a family and finally to develop our personality. It’s important that first dolls should be made of fabric & have no face. The doll’s mission at the early age is to give us the right impression of a human being and to develop our imagination. From 3 years old & up when the child starts learning the world around, baby dolls are perfect. By the way, they say that even boys must play with the dolls. It helps to develop their personality better. From 6 years old & up any kind of dolls with complicated clothes, utensils, their own house are recommended. So, following these easy steps a child will grow up a harmoniously developed person.
Well…in case if the doll is positive, he will certainly will. In our age of countless perils, we should be extra careful. Not each doll fits for a child & contributes to form the right attitude to the world. Without saying best dolls are those that are made of natural materials (wood, fabric, with porcelain parts). Natural materials are warm and they pass their warm energy to the child. Plastic has its advantages too & there are a lot of beautiful dolls made from, but it doesn’t create a similar energy exchange. A good doll must look like a girl or a boy & by no means have any evident signs of sexuality or remind of a monster.
Here it’s time to mention Barbie. Honestly as many of that mainstream Barbie generations, I’ve never thought that playing with Barbie might hurt. Recent studies provide rather curious & sad information about a negative impact of that doll. Here are some key points: Barbie distorts the right perception of the body. Barbie forms deep psychological complexes. In fact it’s impossible to play with her. Barbie world exists to fulfil the wishes of the doll. She learns you to be a good service staff. She has evident signs of sexuality that has a negative influence on the child too. Besides if you read her story, you would hardly have a wish to give it to your daughter.
Another menace of our time are dolls monsters Monster High, Bratz, dolls-cats, etc. Whenever I see these creatures in a toyshop, I shiver, for I can’t imagine what will become of a girl playing with all these treasures! What a deep psychological trauma she might have in the future if her dolls are monsters & sleep in coffins! Besides all these creatures are vulgar & deprive the girl of the right perception of feminity. The world still needs real women, so we, adults, should avoid similar toy extremes.
With age dolls become our friends. They keep our most precious secrets, Perhaps, they even know us better than we think. And their sacred meaning is growing. Whenever we hold them, the past becomes alive again. We see it in fresh colours through the doll, a great guardian of Time.
Do you still keep your old dolls? I would be curious to learn of them. 🙂
PS. On the photo: Pandora, the 18th century wooden dolls.