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Originally posted by LeSigh
reply to post by alexandrelois
And Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar with the pestle as her rudder. She sweeps away her tracks with a birch broom. If you ask her questions, she ages.
I don't see a UFO connection with her. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that way back when- the store houses in that area of Europe looked like huts on chicken legs, and that older women were connected with passing on shamanistic/magical knowledge, and perceptions of flying, etcetera were actually linked to hallucinogens. Things are often very symbolic in fairy tales, and they've been reinterpreted over time to make positive things negative and whatnot- especially when it comes to the changing of cultural norms for women. Fairy tales were the perfect venue to pass along knowledge or to discourage older ways in lieu of accepting newer social norms.