RUSSIA: Gunpowder Crumb

Baba-Yaga was a bloodthirsty witch who flitted through the skazki (fairy tales) of old Russia. She had a false leg fashioned from the polished thighbone of a young boy. She lived in a house that hopped on chicken-footed stilts, around which was an iron fence ornamented with skulls. After dark, the eye sockets of the skulls glowed with fire to light her way. Her chariot was a mortar, which she pushed with a pestle, using her besom to erase her singular track. Innocent children were her favorite fare, but once a girl child,...

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