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September 24, 2010 6:04 AM   Subscribe

Voodoo Filter: Can anyone explain this strange "doll" I saw hanging from a door in Paris?
posted by Paris Elk to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Interesting puzzle there. The writing almost looks like a mix of Chinese and Zodiac.
posted by samsara at 6:47 AM on September 24, 2010

Don't know the top part, but the bottom two lines are April 18th 1969. I read it as Japanese, but I think it could also be Chinese.
posted by soma lkzx at 7:38 AM on September 24, 2010

Relevant to that date and Japan is the birth of Princess Sayako of Japan who left the imperial family when she married in 2005. Although I'm kind of thinking that's related to this doll. It could be referring to a date where an execution took place (where hanging is a preferred capital punishment in Japan)
posted by samsara at 8:08 AM on September 24, 2010

er the princess is *not* related to the doll rather. (wtb edit button!)
posted by samsara at 8:09 AM on September 24, 2010

Teru teru bozo?

I only know of this because of Katamari Damacy.
posted by zamboni at 8:54 AM on September 24, 2010

Please go back and ask them! I'd love to know.
posted by cyndigo at 9:15 AM on September 24, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks for trying, folks.
Given the population of the area of Paris where I saw the doll, I would guess the writing is Chinese rather than Japanese.
@Zamboni: teru teru bozo is an inspired connection, but a) this guy's got legs and writing all over him and b) why put a good-weather-wish on a street door like that, rather than in a window, as noted in the wiki article you cite?
@Cyndigo: the door is the street door to an apartment building, so it's impossible to know exactly who put the doll there. Not sure I'd want to get involved, either. Creepy.
posted by Paris Elk at 2:54 AM on September 25, 2010

Above the date are three characters, looks like 中进东 but not sure. (Literally 'center enters east'). Nothing helpful pops up from doing a Google search on that.
posted by mono blanco at 5:55 AM on September 25, 2010

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