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Baba Yaga: The Ambiguous Mother and Witch of the Russian Folktale

(International Folkloristics #3)

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Baba Yaga is a well-known witch from the folklore tradition of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. A fascinating and colorful character, she resembles witches of other traditions but is in many ways unique. Living in the forest in a hut that stands and moves on chicken legs, she travels in a mortar with a pestle and sweeps away her tracks with a broom. In some tales she tries to ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (first published April 2004)
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This is an incredibly comprehensive book on the folklore of Baba Yaga. It explores the folktales in whch Baba Yaga appears as Donor, Ambiguous Donor, and Villain. The study is an extensive look at the meaning of Baba Yaga within tales- but focuses largely on psychological, and socio-culural meanings. While mythological approaches are examined and the possibility of her being demonic forest spirit, or mother goddess are mentioned in the early chapters- Baba Yaga's origins are simply too obscure t ...more
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