These Worry Dolls are handmade in Guatemala.
6 dolls per little wooden carrying case.
In the dolls' original Guatemalan tradition a Mayan princess, named Ixmucane, received a special gift from the sun god which would allow her to solve any problem a human could worry about.
In traditional and modern times, worry dolls are given to brooding and sorrowful children. They tell their doll about their sorrows, fears and worries, then hide it under their pillow during the night. After this, the child will literally sleep over the whole thing. When they awake the next morning, all sorrows are said to have been taken away by the worry doll.
Worry dolls have also played a role in modern pediatrics and child psychiatry. During a psychological interview with children, some counselors have offered a worry doll to the child as some kind of imaginary, but trustworthy listener. The doll, in turn, will work for psychiatrists, psychologists, educators and parents as a sort of agent and troubleshooter between child and adult.