the Last Daruma

12 Jan

I promise, this will be the last post about Daruma. 🙂

Okay, so the eyebrows and the cheeks, did you think about the animals? Hopefully. Did you think of turtles and cranes? Probably not…the eyebrows are supposed to resemble a crane, who is said to live 1,000 years, and the cheeks are the pattern off of a turtle, who lives 10,000 years. This adds longevity to the goal of the person dotting the eye of the Daruma.

That’s right…when you make your goal, you fill in only one eye. When you reach the goal, you fill in the other eye. Then, around the beginning of January, you take your Daruma to a shrine (or portable shrine, like in the picture below). Toss a coin in the box, say a short thank you / prayer, and then go out a buy a new one from one of the stalls.

What happens to the Darumas afterwards? They’re gathered up by priests, then chanted over as they’re all burned at the shrine.

Poor Darumas…

1 Comment

Posted by on 12/01/2011 in Functional Things, Religion


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One response to “the Last Daruma

  1. Nancy Levin

    13/01/2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Jen
    I did not see either the crane or the turtle – but it is a very interesting story – especially the part about burning them. Thanks for explaining about the Darumas.


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