In the dolls ' original Guatemalan tradition, a local legend about the origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess 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 or lent to brooding and sorrowful children. They would 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. At the next morning, all sorrows are said to have been taken away by the worry doll. Today, worry dolls are sold in huge quantity in Guatemala. Nuns and poor children sell them to tourists as souvenirs. The dolls are quite popular since they are so small and thus easy to carry around. So go get your worry dolls! Even grown ups need them at times for their own inner child. Lots of love.
Beatrice Covalcic Tarot & Oracle Card Reader & Instructor www.psychicgr.com