Xaman Ek is a Guatemalan family-owned and controlled business that was founded in the 1950s by our family members. We manufacture and export high-quality handcrafted Mayan goods.
All of our items are made ethically. We would like to invite you to browse our collections, which include Guatemalan bags, women’s and men’s apparel, baby and children’s keyrings, jewelry and accessories, Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Hacky Sacks, and a wide selection of household products.
Worry Dolls Guatemala History, the story of the Worry Dolls in Guatemala?
According to the Mayan belief, when one cannot sleep, tormented by the worries of life, or when one has nightmares, the dolls are in charge of relieving the person’s sleep, allowing him/her to rest peacefully.
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In the dolls’ original Guatemalan tradition, a local legend about the origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Maya 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, anxious, or sorrowful children.
They would tell their doll about their sorrows, fears, and worries, then hide it under their pillow before going to sleep at night. It is said that the child relinquishes their worries to the dolls during the night and by the next morning, all sorrows are said to have been taken away by the worry doll and they can move forward refreshed the next day.
During a psychological interview with children, some counselors have offered a worry doll to the child as some kind of imaginary, but trustworthy “listener”, “allayer” and “contact person”.
The doll, in turn, will work for psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, and parents as some kind of “agent” and “troubleshooter” between child and adult.