Uncle is busy terrifying the wee ones who come looking for their treats, yanking open the door and screaming like Howard Dean, heYAAAAaaa! I, infinitely more literary ( and boring) am delving into.....no, not Poe, Baba Yaga!!
Do y'all know Baba Yaga ? Not sure when I became a fan of this Russian fairy tale character, but by 10 Years ole, poor Aunty be smitten and frightened. Natcherly, Granny fostered this by buying any reference to her. There was even a time when I realized that she would be a stupendous thesis subject- the Crone who earned her power. Heh.
"Baba Yaga is interesting because, although she is described as a terrifying old witch, she is still wise and powerful; wild, cruel but sometimes also kind. Baba Yaga makes a link between the wise women of early myths and the witches of the folk or fairytales.
"In Slavic myths, Baba Yaga is the wild woman or dark lady of magic and in Russian folklore there are many stories about her.
"These stories may come from people who lived in the forests of northern Russia and Finland many years ago. They had stone statues named Yaga. Russian soldiers who came to the area called them Golden Babas.
Often the statues had their own little huts, built on tree stumps, full of gifts. They were statues of a local goddess that people asked for advice. She also had the power to decide what happened to people, a bit like Baba-Yaga.
The word Baba can mean any woman old enough to marry. In the stories, however, Baba-Yaga is often described as a frightening, wild, old witch with a terrible appetite for eating people. The story of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair is one of the well-known tales and has things in common with other folk tales, such as Cinderella."
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Anyhoo, Baba Yaga lived in a clearing in the forest, in a hut that whirled around on its chicken laigs when she left the premises, flyin' out in her mortar, using the pestle to steer. The fence around the yard be skulls and bones.
Now y'all, the illustrations of Baba Yaga ( some pronounce her name BaBA YaGA) is worth a quick look.
Posted by Aunty Belle at 6:25 PM