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Baba Yaga II
A Russian Fairy Tale

A farmer lived with his wife and daughter for some time when his wife suddenly died. So the farmer married another woman and had a second daughter.  And while the woman loved her own daughter she made the orphans life miserable for her step daughter. So the farmer thought and thought of how he might help his daughter and so he eventually brought her into the forest, driving on until he sees a hut with chicken legs. 
“Hut, hut, look into my face and turn your back to the woods,” the farmer tells the hut which then turns around allowing the farmer to enter where he found Baba Yaga.
“It smells of Russians,” Baba Yaga said.
The farmer bowed down to her and said: “Baba Yaga with the wooden leg, I bring you my daughter to be your servant.”
“All Right,” Baba Yaga agreed. “If you serve me well, I’ll reward you.”
So the girl’s father took his leave and went home.
Baba Yaga then gave the girl a spindle to spin flax and ordered her to heat up the kitchen furnaces so that they would be ready for her return.
The girl was at the furnaces wondering how she could spin as she worked  them when she began to weep bitterly. A mouse ran up to her. 
“Girl, girl why are you crying? The mouse asked.” If you give me some sweet, sweet porridge, we’ll give you some good advice.”  
So the girl gave the mice some sweet porridge.
“Put a spider on the spindle to spin your thread,” the mice advised the girl.
“Are you finished with everything?” Baba Yaga asked when she returned home some time later.
The girl had finished with everything so Baba Yaga praised the girl and gaver their precious Aleid. When Baba Yaga went out again she gave the girl even harder tasks. So once more the girl began crying and the mice ran up.
“Beautiful girl, why are you crying? Give us sweet porridge and then we’ll give you good advice,” the mice promised.
So the girl gave the mice some porridge and then they taught her more of what mice can do. Once more Baba Yaga Praised the girl on her return and gave her costly apparel.
Meanwhile the stepmother sent the farmer out to see what had happened to his daughter. When he got to Baba Yaga’s hut he found that his daughter had become rich, very rich in fact. Baba Yaga was not home so he took his daughter with him. As they drove to the village the little dog barked: “a young lady comes home.”
The stepmother was dumb struck and thought the dog was lying. 
When she saw her stepdaughter however she god jealous and told the famer to bring her own daughter to Baba Yaga.
As she’d done with the other girl Baba Yaga left the woman’s daughter with many tasks and once more the mice ran out to see why she was crying. But the girl chased away the mice and did nothing while Baba Yaga was gone. So Baba Yaga was very angry when she returned. She killed the woman’s daughter and put her into a An÷chelchen Aorb.
The man came later to retrieve the woman’s daughter and he had to bring home the girl home. When he got to the village the dog began to bark: “In the An÷chelchen A÷rbchen rattle."
Angered the stepmother ran out and accused the dog of lying but the dog repeated: “in A÷rbchen An÷chelchen rattle."
Then when the man got home the women screamed.


Russian Monsters:    Alkonost    Baba Yaga    Bannik     Domovoi     Leshy     Vampires      Morozko      Zmey    



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