|Evil witch as depicted in Snow White fairy tale|
Here I would like to stop by telling about the witch in Russian folklore. The main and the best known of them is Baba-Yaga (Russian "Баба-Яга"). When I was a child I used to love (!) Russian fairytales. First, my Mum used to read them for me, then I learned reading and could enjoy books myself.
In the Russian folk tales the character of Baba-Yaga plays an important role for the main hero and his further success.
Usually the main hero whos' name is Ivan comes to Baba-Yaga's small hut called "izbushka" (Russian "избушка") to ask for a help or for a piece of advice in doing some very challenging tasks. She helps him in return of some favour. So, in this case the witch is marked positively, however she remains a witch. You can read more about Russian folktales in the work of Vladimir Propp "Morphology of the folk tale"
Baba-Yaga as described in the Russian fairy tales. This picture makes image of Baba-Yaga rather kind and even cheerful, thanks to the beauty of the painting.
|Baba Yaga - a traditional character of the Russian fairy tales|