I wasn’t sure I was going to put Baba Yaga in this blog or not.
For starters, she’s not really a demon.
Also, I didn’t want to piss her off.
In Slavic fairy tales, Baba Yaga is the archetypical wicked old witch who lives in the darkest part of the forest. She’s like the witch who lives in the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel. Except she’s way cooler.
She’s got a funky condo, a hut that can stand up on chicken legs. The hut doesn’t have windows or doors. When she needs to leave, she flies out the chimney. She does this on her sweet ride, a mortar (a kind of a bowl, usually made of stone) that can fly around the world whenever she feels like it.
Baba Yaga is sometimes really evil, kidnapping and eating children. But in the story of Vasilisa the Beautiful, she helps Vasilisa, who is s kind of Russian Cinderella. She’s also helpful in other stories, too.
But even when Baba Yaga is good, she’s never really nice.
She might help you if she feels like it, but you have to be pure of heart and be very, very polite. Try to avoid asking her questions, since she ages a year for every one someone asks her, and whatever you do, do not ask her about the invisible servants.
You won’t get your answer. And you’ll probably feature in her dinner.
The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca (Paperback)
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley