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John Lamb Lash, 06/26/2009

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A "cabin on chicken legs with no windows and no doors" in which Baba Yaga dwells sounds like pure fantasy. In fact, this is an interpretation of an ordinary construction popular among hunter-gatherer nomadic peoples of Siberia of Uralic (Finno-Ugric) and Tungusic families, invented to preserve supplies against animals during long periods of absence. A doorless and windowless log cabin is built upon supports made from the stumps of two or three closely grown trees cut at the height of eight to ten feet. The stumps, with their spreading roots, give a good impression of "chicken legs." The only access into the cabin is via a trapdoor in the middle of the floor.  Nicholas Roerich, "Изба смерти" ("Hut of Death," sketch, 1905), an artistic expression of burial traditions of Ancient Slavs.


 A similar but smaller construction was used by Siberian pagans to hold figurines of their gods. Recalling the late matriarchy among Siberian peoples, a common picture of a bone-carved doll in rags in a small cabin on top of a tree stump fits a common description of Baba Yaga, who barely fits in her cabin, with legs in one corner, head in another one, her nose grown into the ceiling.


There are indications that ancient Slavs had a funeral tradition of cremation in huts of this type. In 1948, Russian archaeologists Yefimenko and Tretyakov discovered small huts of the described type with traces of corpse cremation and circular fences around them  them.

Source: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Baba_Yaga

The Goddess plays a very large role in modern neopaganism. Representing the basis of life, the life force, the bearer of life and the creator of existence.  The Goddess is able to represent multiple meanings depending on your own interpretation and pantheon of belief. Whether you look at the Goddess as a representation of all, or the embodiment of an entity/deity, the parallels of her importance has impacted our world since the beginning of time. Some prefer to seek the Goddess as a channel of duality, while some prefer to believe in just the female facet of creation. Regardless of your belief, one thing the Pagan/Wiccan communities all have in common is a "common" creator of life, and historically speaking, the Goddess came first.  Source: Eartisans.net.com   See Also: Metahistory.org for Goddess Sophia

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Baba Yaga's legacy is derived from several Eastern European cultural groups and her character differs depending on who tells it. The outcome of the story, however, usually emphasizes a purity of spirit and polite manners. Baba Yaga can also be a source of guidance when approached correctly. When Baba Yaga is approached without good preparation, sincerity, and due respect, she is dangerous. When too many questions (or the wrong questions) are asked, she is also dangerous. Only by maintaining pure heart and faith, proper respect for her as one's elder, and loving care of her creatures can the encounter be successful.  Source:  http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Baba_Yaga

Baba Yaga

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If you are at all familiar with Russian fairy tales, you are familiar with Baba Yaga.

Her appearance is nightmarish: a long crooked nose that touches the ceiling when she sleeps on the pechka,  iron teeth perfect for biting through human flesh, and a “boney leg” supposedly gleaned from a human boy.

Her preferred method of travel is a mortar and pestle instead of a broom. However, she does use a broom to sweep away any traces of her passing as she races through the enchanted forest.

She lives in a hut on chicken legs—a rather stubborn and rambunctious creature with a mind of its own. In one story, young Vassilisa finds the hut surrounded by a fence made of human bone, human skulls sitting on the fence posts with eyes glowing like lanterns. In most other tales, the hero must beg the hut to “turn towards him with its front, and to the forest with its back”. The hut always takes it upon itself to let the visitors in. Read entire story at The Spectatorial at: https://thespectatorial.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/baba-yaga-and-the-allure-of-the-wicked-in-russian-folklore/

Baba Yaga and the Allure of the Wicked in Russian Folklore

By Anna Bendiy

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