The Folktale of Baba Yaga

The Folktale of Baba Yaga

What better story to highlight for the trees theme than the folktale of Baba Yaga? It’s a Belarusan folktale, set deep in the massive forest, that has been used to spook children over dozens of centuries in an attempt to get them to behave!

Among the snaggy trees lives the ferocious witch Baba Yaga in ‘The- Cabin-On-Chicken-Legs’, and this cabin is said to possesses magic powers. The incantation goes, “Cabin, Cabin, turn your back to the forest and your front to me”, and the cabin will spin around creaking with blood- curdling screeches and eventually come to a stop to face the visitor, where it will lower itself down on its chicken legs and throw its door wide open!

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