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has anyone else heard of this tradition?

when I was a little girl, my grandmother used to tell me that the reason why I see cloth dolls with no face, was because it was a Polish tradition to not give dolls faces.

I was at a Group event a few years ago, and I had a cloth doll that I had made with me, that had no face. People asked why, I told them 'it's a polish doll'
you wouldn't believe the way some reacted, telling me that I was a sick woman to insult the polish people like that, claiming that I was ignorant to insinuate that the polish are dumb in such a way.
it didn't matter what I told them, they didn't believe me about the tradition.

I can't be the only one who knows of this tradition, anyone else have relatives that told them about it?


Asked by ItsMe89 at 12:07 PM on Jan. 21, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • The Amish are a people known for their simplicity in dress and lifestyle. They do not use technology and they live an agricultural life. Amish dolls are known for having no faces, which is a custom that has been handed down for generations.

    Biblical Background
    Part of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament of the Bible is a commandment to not make any likeness of things on earth. The Amish have commonly interpreted this very literally and have therefore refrained from giving their dolls faces.

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    Answer by salexander at 1:54 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I have heard of this and was told that it was a way to stimulate imagination. The doll's face can look however you want it to when it isn't already set.

    Answer by misses_nick at 12:13 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I know the Amish do this because vanity is a sin

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 12:27 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Not I, but look it up online, what a bummer!

    Answer by JackieGirl007 at 12:09 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Probably because if you give a doll a face it becomes a woodoo doll:P

    Native american:


    I haven't found any Polish tradition. But there is an american one. So those people could be wiser:P


    Answer by adriennfaklya at 12:23 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • My friends mom used to collect doll's without faces...I never asked why though I just remember we were not allowed to play with them

    Answer by MommyH2 at 12:27 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • You would think that people would be open to learn things about other cultures. We learn something new everyday.

    Answer by kim0167 at 12:37 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I personally thought it was an amish thing but I suppose it could be polish. Ignore them they are the ones who are ignorant.

    Answer by 2murphyboys at 12:42 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I thought this was an Amish thing. I am Polish and I have never heard of this.

    Answer by salexander at 1:53 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I have always heard the Iroquois Indian legend about the no-face doll

    Answer by parajumper3 at 2:24 PM on Jan. 21, 2011