Monday, 27 March 2017

Baba Yaga - The Slavic Witch

- supernatural being (or one of three sisters of the same name) who appears as a deformed/ferocious looking witch

- also known as Baba Yaga Bony Legs due to her skeletal appearance (although she has an appetite for eating people) 

- she travels around in a mortar and pushes herself along the forest floor with a pestle, she can also fly in the mortar and use the pestle to push herself through the sky. She uses a silver birch broom to sweep away any traces of her

- skeletal appearance, iron teeth and a nose so long that it touches the ceiling when she sleeps

- lives in a hut deep in the forest on her own 

- her hut has a personality of it's own and can move around on its giant chicken-legs, usually spinning around as it moves for the forest, or stands with its back to the visitor, all the while emitting blood-curdling screeches

- it will only come to a halt when the visitor says a special incantation ("turn your back to the forest and your front to me"). When it stops it turns to face the visitor and lowers itself to the floor, throwing open the door with a  loud crash 

- the house is surrounded by a fence made of human bones and skulls with flaming eye sockets to illuminate the darkness

- rules over the elements and has three faithful servants; the white horseman (dawn), the red horseman (the sun), the black horseman (the night)

- her other servants include three pairs of disembodied hands that appear out of thin air to do her bidding. She calls them 'my soul friends' and 'friends of my bosom'

- male counterpart is Koshchey the Deathless

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