The Legend of Baba Yaga: The Slavic Witch From RuneScape

Most of us living outside of Slavic countries probably haven’t heard much Slavic folklore. However, I would wager that the name “Baba Yaga” rings a bell in most people’s minds.

We’re going to look into the history of this horrifying character, and how her story varies temporally and geographically.

The Origin of Baba Yaga

The exact origin of the Baba Yaga legend is hard to pin down, mostly because this legend is many centuries old.

In fact, the first clear reference to this witch in text is in a 1755 book titled Russian Grammar by Mikhail V. Lomonosov.

In most of the versions of the Baba Yaga story, she appears as an old witch who carries a mortar, pestle, and/or mop or broom.

Versions of Baba Yaga

She’s often described as having bony legs and iron teeth and possessing magical powers that allow her to hunt down victims, which are usually people wandering in the woods at night.

In pretty much every story that mentions Baba Yaga, she lives in a house deep in the woods that stands up on a pair of chicken legs.

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