Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Bozu Ball Brigade

Bozu balls are here! They're roly-poly balls of sunshine, made especially to chase away the winter storms and rainy days, bringing only sunny days ahead!! Based on the Japanese nursery rhyme "Teru Teru Bozu" and the tradition of hanging little white ghost dolls outside when there has been a bout of bad weather and you're wishing for a nice sunny day. Teru Teru Bozu means Shiny Shiny Monk head (a term of endearment referring to the bald head of a monk), and has a bit of a darker history attached to it than you would think. A monk had promised farmers to stop the rain that was ruining their crops, and when he failed to do so, he was executed. These days they are a common sight in Japan. You can also hang them upside-down when you wish for rain. I'll be making a bunch of these for FOE Gallery, so be sure to get yours there if you're in the area!

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