Monday, September 5, 2011

Daruma Doll~~ だるま

I finally bought a Daruma Doll!!! 
Ngek~~~ Ngek~~~ Ngek~~


I've been looking for this ever since few years ago. 
Finally spotted one in Ipoh but sorry i've forgotten the name of the shop.
Is in De Garden of Ipoh.

Well, you probably wonder what a daruma is.
I'm not a good story teller.
So, Copy and Paste from Wikipedia

The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma), also known as a Dharma doll,
 is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma.

Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck,
 making them a popular gift of encouragement.
The eyes of Daruma are often blank when sold. 

 Monte A. Greer, author of Daruma Eyes, described the "oversized symmetrical round blank white eyes" as a means to keep track of goals or big tasks and motivate them to work to the finish. 
The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting the goal, 
then the other upon fulfilling it. 
In this way, every time they see the one-eyed Daruma, they recall the goal. 

At the end of the year, all the Daruma are brought back to the temple
 they were purchased from for a traditional burning ceremony
 This ceremony, called the Daruma Kuyo (だるま供養 daruma kuyo) is held once a year
 usually right after New Years Day. 

At these events, people bring the Daruma figures they had used that year to the temple.
 After expressing gratitude to them, they turn it over to the temple and buy new ones for the next year. 
All of the old Daruma figures are burnt together in the temple.
 After a solemn display of the monks’ entry, reading of the sutras, and blowing of horns, 
the tens of thousands of figurines are then set aflame.

I've painted the eyes 9 months late. Hohohoho~~~
but nevermind
is better to be late then never mah~~~

Place it in front of the desk to remind myself of my goal.

Don't fail my Fermentation Technology paper for this final.

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