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  • proper n. In Russian tales, a hag who lives in hut that stands on chicken legs and who flies through the air in a mortar, using the pestle as a rudder.


From Slavic баба (baba, "grandmother"), and Yaga, a probable diminutive of Jadwiga. (Wiktionary)


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  • We thought she was the witch, Baba Yaga, and what twists in the wound every time I think about it is I now can see she knew we thought that.

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  • Baba Yaga is a tough bad guy to beat, and all the stories are about defeating her, not killing her.

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  • The Three Mothers trilogy deals with an unholy triumvirate of black magic; three ancient witches in the tradition of the monstrous Baba Yaga of Russia, who with their entrenched power, wealth and influence, rule the world.

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  • He and the princess must battle with the witch Baba Yaga to find happiness.

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  • The Oriental culture refers to them as "Suburu" and the Russians call them "Baba Yaga" – the witch with the fiery broom.

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  • I see her in my mind, motionless and shriveled in her bed, yet still wicked, like an old, long-nosed witch from a tale of the brothers Grimm, or Baba Yaga from our own folktales, who lives in a hut that is perched on chicken legs.

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  • Deena: Baba Yaga is our fear of old, and women, and magic, the magic of the hearth, of chicken legs.

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  • In my head I'm imagining retellings of things like Anansi, Baba Yaga, American folktales with an eye toward Spanish, Native American and/or African American focused stories, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean folktales.

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  • Baba Yaga: I find the expression to be all important, there is no way I can anthropamorphize a plushie unless there is a unique expression which I can relate to.

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  • A little girl  goes to see Baba Yaga, the witch who lives in the forest in a house that walks about on chicken legs. Baba Yaga keeps her there and when the little girl escapes Baby Yaga chases her - she flies about in a mortar and uses a pestle to propel it forward. The girl has an ally though, in the doll which lives in her pocket; and who instructs her to throw a comb over her shoulder when the witch gets closer - which turns into a forest - and then a handkerchief - which turns into a river. This delays the witch long enough for the girl to return safely to her home and her family. 

    July 13, 2015