Goddess Baba Yaga  

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BABA YAGA is a Slavic Witch Goddess, the wild woman in her crone aspect. She lives on the edge of a forest in a hut that stands on chicken legs. She can fly at great speeds in a giant mortar, using the pestle to steer and sweeping away her tracks with a broom. Baba Yaga is usually portrayed as an ugly old woman with a big nose and long teeth, but her role is often more guiding than threatening. Her name shows this duality--"Baba" means "grandmother", but "Jaga" is likely derived from the Polish word "jedza", which means "nasty". Those who come to her of their own free will and with good intentions have nothing to fear. Those who cross her end up decorating her fence, made of the bones of her victims with their skulls along the top. Baba Yaga is known throughout Eastern Europe by various names including BABA JAGA, JEZIBABA, JAGA BABA, BABA ROGA, BABA JEDZA, BABA YAGA KOSTIANAYA NOGA ("bone-legs"), and JAGINAVNA.

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