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Posted By: leeneia
24-Jan-18 - 05:18 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Song about Baba Yaga?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Baba Yaga?
I've encountered Baba Yaga in two places: in the Russian fairy tale "Vasilisa the Golden-Haired" and the musical selection from Pictures at an Exhibition. I remember the fairy tale vividly, even though it was years ago that I read it.

Wikipedia also offers this:

[Andreas] Johns summarizes Baba Yaga as "a many-faceted figure, capable of inspiring researchers to see her as a Cloud, Moon, Death, Winter, Snake, Bird, Pelican, Mermaid or Earth Goddess, totemic matriarchal ancestress, female initiator, phallic mother, or archetypal image".

Something must have gone wrong; they left out kangaroo. And maybe I'm naive, but I've never heard of a phallic mother before.

The fairy tale had a wise proverb I have never forgotten, and I've even followed it from time to time. "The morning is wiser than the evening."