Page 21 – Grandma Yaga

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Around the hearthfire tonight, Tarostar tells us quite a legendary myth about an evil witch named Grandma Yaga. This tale is combined with the symbolism and the story of the Eastern European lore of Baba Yaga, in which you will find slight deviations between general Slavic lore, Russian and Gypsy lore.

Baba Yaga is sometimes depicted as a singular character and at other times, three evil sisters.

When you’ve traveled the magical path for a number of years, you’re bound to come across your own version of Baba Yaga out there in human form. They are best left alone to stew in their own evil rather than kicking over hornet’s nests.

Below you will find the tale of Grandma Yaga, as told by an Elder, Tarostar V*. All text is copyright 1984 by Rollin G. Bennien, filed at the Library of Congress and printed here with permission:

Grandma Yaga – as told by Tarostar V* – From “Tales from a Witch’s Hearthfire – Thoughts Upon the Heart of Wicca”

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