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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Daruma is a good luck figure in Japan, and is based around the figure of Bodhidharma, credited for introducing the Zen form of Buddhism to China (and thence Japan). Daruma is usually modeled as a papier mache doll, and is often gifted or acquired at Buddhist temples.
    I guess he is a bit ugly and weird in some ways, but there is a lot of symbolism in his looks, and to me he is amusing and delightful.

    I had never seen a glass Daruma, and this one is not just glass, it's Hoya Crystal, the best of glass!

    He is lurking on my desk now, hopefully helping my bill paying perseverence, and bringing luck to my fortunes.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Here's a wiki on Daruma:
    2. rockbat, 4 years ago
      Nice, love the Crystal Daruma.
    3. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Wow! The crystal Daruma is unusual! Love them both!
    4. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
      No longer a fan of clear crystal but for this I'd make an exception! It's 0therworldly!
    5. Newfld Newfld, 4 years ago
      These are amazing, the glass ball is stunning, beautifully painted & love it's gold & silver stars. Is it the same in Japan as China, that they make the mask like faces of their gods rather forbidding looking to be protective & ward off evil (I cannot access your wiki info right now). They're fascinating!
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      My son would love this!
      The "CrystalBall" is wonderful..
      We could all use a little Daruma in our lives!
      Great post!
    7. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Very hypnotic I find it !~
    8. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Awww.......Only a collector could love that Face....LOL
    9. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Daruma frowns at all of you to bring you luck. Many thanks to all my friends for the love, and big thanks for the great comments to:
      Rose and

      Lovely to read these comments on mothers day :))
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      I actually find the paper mache interesting. The crystal one must be newer...crystals, zen,'s all very big right now. Maybe I should just say it's getting bigger than ever and growing as we speak. I've been watching a lot of things escalate lately!!!

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