La Befana Buona Strega Spirit Doll
La Befana is the legendary good Italian witch aka Strega who delivers goodies on the eve of Epiphany.
When I was a child, my family had an Italian tradition to put our shoes out in the kitchen on the night of January 5th, the eve of Epiphany, January 6. We referred to that day as Little Christmas. This dear good witch would fill them with candies, trinkets, coins and baubles.
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana
This is the second La Befana art doll i have made. The first one sold and i wanted to handcraft another before Ephiphany.
This one of a kind La Befana doll wears a deep chocolate velvet trimmed robe with fringe over her tattered embroidered dress. (I am sure an Italian Nonna made it!) Her hood, an upcycled vintage scarf is adorned with green hued sari ribbon.
Her face was created by sculpting eco-friendly paper clay, painted with verde green hues and a touch of glitter on her halo and cheeks.
From her cape hangs a small bottle filled with magical herbs. She is holding her enchanted broomstick. On this snowy Ephiphany Eve, La Befana's cape and feet have a touch of glittery snow.
Her clothing was created with recycled fabrics, sari ribbon. When making her body a magical note with good wishes to La Befana was embedded into her.
She measures about 9.5 inches long and the fringe on her cape makes her about 15 inches. Not to be used as a toy for children or pets. Her clothes are tattered on purpose, please do not pull on strings!
Each Spirit Being art doll is one of a kind. All dolls are blessed with healing prayers, light and love. Charged with Reiki.
Make a wish or say a prayer as you hold her. Place on your altar or sacred space. She has a sari ribbon cord on her back so she may hang easily.
A tribute poem to the Befana by Giovanni Pascoli:
Viene, viene la Befana
Vien dai monti a notte fonda
Come è stanca! la circonda
Neve e gelo e tramontana!
Viene, viene la Befana
The English translation is:
Here comes, here comes the Befana
She comes from the mountains in the deep of the night
Look how tired she is! All wrapped up
In snow and frost and the north wind!
Here comes, here comes the Befana!
Made with love and a touch of magic
by jeanie mossa