Baba Yaga, Mother of All Witches
he old woman takes the bread the young man offered and gives him thanks. “Perhaps I will be useful to you someday,” she says. “Tell me what it is you seek.”
The young man explains his purpose: to find Baba Yaga. At this, the old woman laughs.
“You are either very brave or very foolish. Perhaps both. But I can tell you of Baba Yaga, Mother of All Witches. Her home stands on chicken legs, so that she can travel while sitting inside. She can detect the scent of mortals on her land, and sometimes she sleeps with her nose in the ceiling so as not to be disturbed. She is tall, but haggard. Do not be deceived by her appearance, however; she is far stronger than she looks. If you must seek her wisdom, be polite, and perhaps she will not eat you.
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