As ambiguous as she is creepy, Baba Yaga is an anomaly – both a maternal, mother-nature figure and an evil villain who enjoys eating those who fail to complete her tasks. Baba means something akin to “old woman” or “grandmother”, while Yaga has conflicting theories of meaning ranging from “snake” to “wicked.”
The most common portrayal of Baba Yaga is as an old woman, who's depicted as skinny, with iron teeth, and has a nose so long that it touches the ceiling when she sleeps.
Baba Yaga is commonly illustrated as riding around on a mortar rather than a broom, wielding a pestle as both a flying aid and a wand. Tales involving her usually take place at her chicken-legged hut, deep in the woods. Legend says her hut is surrounded by a fence made of human bones.
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