Baba Yaga

Russian history of legends and supernatural beings cannot be completed without mentioning Baba Yaga – a deformed and ferocious looking lady. Russian fairytales represent Baba Yaga as an ambiguous and hideous woman who dwells in the deep forest in a hut standing on chicken legs.

Who was Baba Yaga?

According to some historians, Baba Yaga is considered as one of the most fearsome character in the Russian folklore. Most of the writers mention that she was famous for both helping and cannibalizing her visitors. Some describe Baba Yaga as a unique anomaly that represents both maternal and evil villain personality. Still the origins of her unique name continue to be a mystery and historians have continued to better describe her while assuming that “Baba” refers to an old woman or a grandmother.

From mop and broom to chicken-legged hut and mortar, it has been one of the most favorite and widely used element for symbolism in Russian culture. In the 17th and 18th century, Baba Yaga wood block prints were common.

There are several related figures, characters, and analogues to Baba Yaga. Jazibaba is one of the top listed.

Baba Yaga’s Existence in Modern Day World

From classical Russian culture to the modern day popular culture, Baba Yaga is one of the most widely discussed and mentioned Russian folklore. While taking a brief look at the writers and authors’ interest, there are several fairytales and poems that mention Baba Yaga and consider her as one of the most valued Russian folklores.

In addition to that, cartoon and film producers have also shown huge interest and inclination towards Baba Yaga. In 1938, a Soviet Union cartoon was based on the Russian fairy tale named “Ivashko and Baba Jaga” which represents Baba Yaga as one of the primary characters.


The character of Baba Yaga continues to be one of the most difficult and complex of entity to describe. When it comes to the culture and people of Russia, it seems like locals are still able to recognize Baba Yaga as one of the  most distinguished, ferocious, maternal, villain, and fearsome Russian folklores that ever existed in the Russian culture and history.

It is also evident that Baba Yaga will soon gain considerable attention of the modern day film making industry and we will be able to watch her in the upcoming movies. Moreover, other forms of media can also be expected in regard to Baba Yaga’s impactful influential and mystical characteristics. 

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Wendy Saunders - Author

I am a romantic suspense author based in Hampshire in the UK

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