The word poppet
is an older spelling of puppet
, from the Middle English popet,
meaning a small child or doll. In British Dialect it continues to hold this meaning. Poppet is also a chiefly English term of endearment. Poppet now generally refers to its use in folk-magic.
While the origins of 'poppet' come from old England, namely from Marionette performances in Cheshire, England, in today's term, 'Poppet' is expressed throughout the world as a term of endearment between loved ones. It has travelled beyond the bounds of the United Kingdom, and has found use in areas of the world such as Australia, India, and many other British commonwealth nations. Columbus, Ohio is among many places where one may find the term 'poppet' to be very commonly used, due to its large South Asian community.
, a poppet is a doll made to represent a person, for casting spells
on that person. These dolls may be fashioned from such materials as a carved root, grain or corn shafts, a fruit, paper, wax, a potato, clay, branches, or cloth stuffed with herbs. The intention is that whatever actions are performed upon the effigy
will be transferred to the subject based in sympathetic magic
. It was from these dolls that the myth of Voodoo dolls