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 Dolls Coming to Life?

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Artillerly



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PostSubject: Dolls Coming to Life?   Sun 29 Jun 2008, 11:15 pm

Is This True?? Im Not Sure.. But Its been Around.. Lots of movies on it... is it real or just a hollywood fantasy? Plus i didnt know to put this as haunting or this
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls Coming to Life?   Mon 30 Jun 2008, 6:28 am

The Asians (particulary Chinese and Japanese) have all kinds of stories about this kind of things. There's a strong belief (even in their modern, ultramaterialistic societies) that an object may be possessed by spirits or if an object becomes sufficiently old and/or develops a particular tie with its owner it will develop a spirit of its own. You talk about a doll coming to life... how about an old wooden bucket coming to life and taking on assailing people? Japanese and Chinese folk stories are full of such stories.
The most famous instance I can think of is a doll now in the temple of Monishi-Saiwai (Japan) which is said to have growing human hair. A few hairs from the doll were analyzed and found to be human. But this is not surprising at all: an old, very expensive doll could well have true human hair as well as silk garnments. To be honest nobody ever saw the hair grow apart from the shrewd monks who have made quite a bit of money in exhibiting the "relic"!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls Coming to Life?   Mon 30 Jun 2008, 7:01 am

Hmm i gotta read up on them... but if a doll is possessed does that make it evil? Or Maybe Good? Or Just Plain Weird...
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls Coming to Life?   Tue 01 Jul 2008, 9:17 am

Of course most of us are influenced by such horror films as Child's Play or Poltergeist. And most of the time even the spirits of Asian folklore seem bent or either destroying people or, at very least, playing very cruel tricks on man. Maybe somebody will give you a sound psychologial explanation.
But the aforementioned Japanese doll, again according to the monks, did nothing more than having growing hair: it didn't move, it didn't emit any sound, it wasn't associated with any other paranormal happening.
According to them it was left in their custody with other prized family heirlooms by a soldier leaving for China in the late '30s. When he came to claim his items after the war he opened the box together with a senior monk and they discovered the fact. Of course he left the doll in the temple for safekeeping and it has been there ever since. Of course we are not told if the former soldier has been given his share of the offerings... Wink
To get back to the subject at hand we should open two very large parenthesis. The first one: is your doll possessed by an external spirit or did it develop one itself, like our Asian friends believe? The second one: we Europeans (but most monotheists as well) believe in possession being invariably the work of evil spirits. But travel among the shamanistic people of the Far East or the mysterious practicioner of Candomblé and other African-Carib religions and you'll discover that sometimes possession by a spirit or deity, as fatiguing and dangerous as it is, is considered a gift or even a honour.
Now I have to get back to work or I'll be "possessed" too...
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