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Hinamatsuri and the Japanese female: a critical interpretation of the Japanese doll festival.

  title={Hinamatsuri and the Japanese female: a critical interpretation of the Japanese doll festival.},
  author={Salvador Jimenez Murguia},
The tradition of Hinamatsuri or the Japanese Doll Festival originated during the Heian Period as a folkloric practice of scapegoating. Originally young girls would craft dolls, known as hinaningyō, out of paper that were said to embody personal impurities, and would later cast them into rivers—metaphorically cleansing their souls. Conversely, the festival is now oriented toward conspicuous consumption. Building upon the critical approaches to material culture of Barthes (1957), this article… 
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