- 常民文化 = Jomin bunka (ISSN:03888908)
- no.38, pp.33-54, 2015-03
There are dolls that speak, move their limbs, and have an intimate relationship with people. A doll, which is artificial, and a human being fall in love and become a couple or create a parent-child relationship. Such a relationship is sometimes regarded as deviant. This paper analyzes the relationship between a doll that seems to have life and an individual without assuming that the relationship is deviant. In the interpretation based on existing magic theory, a doll is regarded as something that is infused with life from human beings. The interpretation integrates a doll with life into a human but segregates the existence of human life from the existence of a material doll. Such interpretation treats the doll as material, not as human. Therefore, it is not possible to comprehend the intimate relationship between a doll and a human. Instead of resolving the division between human and non-human material, this paper focuses on the "updated" relationship between doll and world, and considers that doll life is infused with life from a human being.