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Lesson Plans

Re: Good Luck

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Siccone (siccone)
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 20:26:57 -0500

In Japan, the Daruma doll is a symbol of good luck and persistence in
achieving a set goal. It represents the Indian priest Bodhidarma, who
is said to have lost the use of his limbs after sitting in meditation
for nine years in order to achieve enlightenment. Hence, the doll is
simply the head which rights itself when tipped over ( it never gives
up!). It does not have eyes: when a goal (or wish) is set, one eye is
drawn on, when the goal is achieved the other eye is drawn. I have
successfully made Darumas with my elementary students using a foam ball
and clay on the bottom as weight so it will stand back up. There are
several websites on Daruma dolls, if you need more information, I'd be
glad to help.

Nicoletta C. Siccone