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Wara ningyo, or "straw dolls", are a type of doll common in Japan. They represent people, or aspects of people, in much the same way as voodoo dolls in the West. It is believed that you can curse someone by nailing a wara ningyo representing them to a sacred tree. One such tree can be found at Jisshu Shrine in the Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto.
This practice seems to have been an inspiration for several of the rituals in Fatal Frame III.
- Impaling the Sin - villagers would nail a straw doll wearing their clothes to a sacred tree. The people's sin and misfortune were symbolically placed in the doll and offered to the Other World.
- Kushimi Dolls and Igushi Dolls - both were straw dolls representing the dead, skewered on the mountain near the place where the real world connected to the other world.
- Impalement Ritual - taking the folklore to an extreme, this ritual involves the impalement of an actual person who, like the dolls, takes on the pain of Worshippers. She then goes as an offering to the liminal space between the human world and the spirit world, taking the pain with her.
- ↑ Farrell, Alex. (June 4th 2009). "The occult world of ancient Kyoto." Japan Today. Retrieved 10/11/09, from http://www.japantoday.com/category/travel/view/the-occult-world-of-ancient-kyoto.
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