Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is a legendary hag from Russian fairytales and folklore who varies from a cryptic aid, a troublesome obstacle or a downright malevolent villain depending on the story - she is always depicted as a frightening old crone however and is said to travel the woods either via the use of a flying mortar or by the use of her enchanted home: which is said to have several pairs of chicken feet holding it up and is capable of movement. Her teeth are made of iron.

Baba Yaga is also often said to enjoy kidnapping children and devouring them, a trait quite common for witches in folklore - where they were often associated with evil: although a witch in appearance however Baba Yaga is actually more of a spirit than a mortal, a kind of monster akin to the Bogeyman in Slavic tradition.

But in other versions, she is more sympathetic then evil and more like a friendly figure and want to help the protagonist.