Corn husk dolls can be used as an archetype for any Solstice altar to represent fertility & the harvest. In some cultures, they are often made in the image of someone/something else & used for protection. These Swedish dockas or “dolls” have much cultural significance, especially amongst Pagans & are especially inspired by the characters & archetypes in Midsommar (the movie by Ari Aster), which focuses on a specific Swedish Pagan Cult.
This set features the MAJ DROTTNING DOCKA (May Queen Doll), the BJÖRNDOCKA (Bear doll), & two plastic dolls stands only (Midsommarstäng is not included).
MAJ DROTTNING DOCKA: The docka (Swedish for “doll” or “poppet”) is based on Dani’s character & her transition into becoming the Maj drottning (Swedish for “May Queen”). Doused in a gown of floras & an extraordinarily large flower crown, she is overcome with self-realization & realization of the natural world, & becomes the maiden that ushers the sun to its highest peak, the erection of the trees, & blossoming of the flowers. The May Queen in many cultures represents growth, fertility, vitality, & youthfulness. In some European traditions, she represents the Fairy Queen from the realm of the Fae.
This doll is created in the dramatic Midsommar image & is made with locally sourced corn husks & covered in over 150 colorful mulberry paper roses.
BJÖRNDOCKA: The Björn (Swedish for “bear”) is based off of Christian’s character (Dani’s boyfriend) & his transition into becoming the sacrifice that would cleanse the cult of their sins & sorrows, while in a way clearing Dani of her own. The bear is also a symbol of great strength & courage to the Vikings, which had a significant influence on the Midsommar movie. In many Pagan cultures, the bear symbolism is also rooted in Midsummer traditions, representing strength, vitality, & thriving.
This doll is made with locally sourced corn husks & is tucked into the skin of a bear plushy (much like Dani’s boyfriend in the movie) that has been partially re-sewn & is adorned with white fangs.
*Each piece is handmade & will have small variations. Please note that because of this, you will not receive items exactly as pictured. Variations may include, but are not limited to placement of flowers, flower colors, etc.
*Although these items are based on Pagan traditions that have been celebrated by various cultures for centuries, they are deeply inspired by the movie Midsommar by Ari Aster.