Ok, so there was a topic posted a bit of go about superstitions about dolls in general. And it was locked for being too general and thus considered off topic... But some people in the discussion posted specifically about their beliefs and its application specifically in regards to their ABJD... Which, these specific posts were essentially on topic, though the thread itself wasn't. >>So I'd like to redirect that thread and discussion specifically toward ABJD. Unfortunately, references to non-ABJD may make the thread off topic. So please only take into consideration your beliefs and relation to your ABJD or ABJD in general, rather than other dolls or dolls in general. What superstitions, practices or beliefs do you know of, have for or apply to ABJD specifically? Someone mentioned placing herbs and a stone in their ABJD's headcap to ward off possession of malignant spirits. I've spoken to one girl who uses her ABJD as part of her shrine and places offerings before them. The OP, Mikan, mentioned being warned against taking her ABJD out during the time of Hungry Ghosts for fear they would be possessed due to their detailed resemblance to people. Some of the superstitions reflected why I refrain from naming any of my dolls or future ABJD after deity. Because they do make ideal vessels and I'd rather enjoy my Alice without worrying about ticking off or offending ancestors. There area also those who believe ABJD either have a soul or can be imbued with one, and that they are capable of emotions such as love, hatred and resentment. This is actually the central concept of a Korean Horror movie about ABJD called "The Doll Master". (Watch it if you get the chance). From what I understand, this is also a central concept with the Volk's dolls and ceremonies and the idea of "adoption" rather than purchase. Another mentioned the belief that, due to dolls such as ABJD having prominant Yin energy, that they should be put to bed first, so that they don't keep you up. Which brings another interesting thought, do you put your dolls to bed? Why? I put Alice to bed, but until now I haven't really considered why I do it. What tradition, routine, practices, superstitions or beliefs do you have that effect or reflect how you handle, create or use your ABJD? Do you feel your doll is an individual all its own or one that you developed and created on your own. Do you think your ABJD has a soul or is it just a doll? Also, is your ABJD something you would consider a family heirloom? I'm particularly interested in what those who do believe the doll has a soul or is possessed by an entity feel about the idea of passing their doll on later in life.