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The Legend of the Guatemalan Worry Doll



Worry dolls (also called "your stories" dolls; in Spanish, Muñeca quitapena) are small, hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala. According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry "your Story" Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries.


The worry doll is a local Mayan legend. The origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god that allowed her to solve any non supportive story a human could worry about themselves. The worry doll represents the princess and her wisdom.


A worry doll is used to help a person get rid of his worries and anxieties so he can sleep peacefully.



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