Baba Yaga

Also known as Baba Iaga, Baba Jaga, Ienzababa, Jezi Baba, Jazi Baba, Jezda.

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  • Eastern European Eastern European (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Domestic Domestic (attribute)
  • Sorcery and Medicinal Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
  • Friendly and Dangerous Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)

The famous hag or Witch from Eastern Europe. She has the appearance of a peasant woman and travels through the air on a pestle and mortar with a fiery broom. She has teeth of stone or knives and lives in a house that bizarrely moves around on chicken legs. Her house is surrounded by a bone like fence with skulls on top which shine light through their sockets. The house is situated between this world and the Otherworld. Baba Yaga can be very cruel and those who visit her may die. Sometimes she manifests her mouth as a cave and devours travellers who wander in. She maintains good order and punishes those who misbehave. She is good to women and others who seek her help giving them useful items for their quests. She creates such items with her pestle and mortar and cauldron of body parts. To those who fear her house and objects appear gruesome but to others who understand her true function, such things are quite pleasant. The fire-breathing Dragon, Chudo-Yudo lives with her as her pet that guards the Water of Life and Death. In earlier stories she is the divinity of life and death and is surrounded by herds and horses where she holds the reins of the four seasons and controls harvests and rain flow.

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