Vasilisa the Beautiful

In the Russian fairytale 'Vasilisa the Beautiful,' Vasilisa is sent by her cruel stepmother into the forest to obtain fire from the witch Baba Yaga. She found a house with chicken legs surrounded by a fence made of human bones.

 

'Vasilisa at the Hut of Buba Yaga' - Ivan Bilibin.

Soon after Baba Yaga arrived, flying in her mortar and pestle. Baba Yaga set Vasilisa a series of seemingly impossible tasks which she was only able to complete with the help of a magic doll that her mother had left her when she died. 

'Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baby Yaga' - Lily Seika Jones.

Baba Yaga was impressed and agreed to help her. Vasilisa then returned home with the fire and once there it burnt her stepmother and stepsisters to ashes.

'Baba Yaga' - Ivan Bilibin.  










 

Resources for Vasilisa and Baba Yaga:

The Enduring Allure of Baba Yaga, an Ancient Swamp Witch Who Loves to Eat People
Old Russia - Baba Yaga
Encyclopaedia Britannica - Baba Yaga 
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair
Baba Yaga: The Wise Witch of Slavic Folklore
A Freaky Fairy Tale of Ancient Folklore: Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga
Vasilisa the Brave, or Beautiful, or Wise, or Fair- a Russian Cinderella Story
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Baba-Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair
Vasilisa the Beautiful
Vasilisa the Beautiful - SurLaLune Fairytale

'Baba Yaga' - Rima Staines.

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