Baba Yaga is a Russian folklore character which originally comes from Slavic mythology, specifically the Russian town of Novgorod.
The tale of Baba Yaga is very well known throughout Russia and across Europe. It has become a popular subject for children’s stories.
The story is about a young girl named Vasilisa and her life in the village where Baba Yaga lives.
Baba Yaga is a witch and lives in a hut on chicken legs. She carved her hut out of a single tree trunk.
There are many children in the village and Vasilisa loves to play with them. One day she runs away with her friend.
Next thing she knows she is in Baba Yaga’s hut. Baba Yaga has taken a liking to Vasilisa and sets her to work cleaning.
Vasilisa manages to get Baba Yaga to take her friend back. However, Baba Yaga does not like Vasilisa’s legs so she has to make a new plan.
Baba Yaga flies away and finds an elderly woman with weak legs. She does the same job with and old woman and gets her to walk.
Next thing Vasilisa knows is that she is being worked to death and Baba Yaga has made it her responsibility to fetch water to her.
Next, she goes to find Baba Yaga’s other hut and finds her very sad. Baba Yaga is not having a good life and as there are many old people in the village, new people are coming in and the old people are being kicked out.
Vasilisa kicks Baba Yaga and she flies away and again finds another old woman. They get jobs done for Baba Yaga and she lives to see many more decades.
One morning, Baba Yaga leaves her house for the last time. She leaves the village and finds a village at the opposite end. She goes there with her hut and sets up home.
She finds the children and is immediately reunited with Vasilisa. They share a nice dinner and visit the village.
Baba Yaga finds the old woman that lived alongside her in the last village. She seems to be enjoying her new life but it annoys Baba Yaga and her hut is moved.
The hut is then restored to a home for Vasilisa and she starts to live happily together with Baba Yaga.
The moral of the story is that as long as you work hard, you can do anything you want.
The moral is pretty clear. It states that as long as you work hard, you can do whatever you want.
There are plenty of fairy tales where there other characters like the wicked stepmother, but the story of Baba Yaga is one that is enjoyable for children as well.