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Baba Yaga
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By Ravenari   |   Watch
Published: July 3, 2009
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RESUBMIT - I took a new photo, processed it properly this time, and accurately did justice to the darkness and colour balance of the original. So here you go! :)

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga has been reduced to a folklore figure, but sources strongly suggest that she was originally worshipped as a goddess; and that is certainly how I see her.

Those who have heard of Baba Yaga, know of her often as the antagonist in the story of 'Baba Yaga and Vasilissa the Brave.' They know of her flying around in a mortar, living in a home that spins on chicken legs (or a single leg, depending on the country). It is lesser known that she is associated heavily with animals like the pelican and the snake. As well as cats, geese and black hounds.

Not an easy goddess to work with by a long shot, and never one I would have consciously chosen to work with. But the truths she shows me, while they always make me feel older, enrich my life regardless.

Tolere, Vavale.

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27.5 x 39 centimetres on
cold-pressed illustrator's board
fineliner, pencil, watercolour pencil, acrylic, gouache
Image size
2300x1703px 3.71 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Danke!
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What a beautiful depiction of Her! ♥ I'm glad there are still people out there who realise that She is indeed a Goddess.
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
There are indeed. I've seen a movement recently of people declaiming Her, and saying She was never meant to be a Goddess. But there is strong academic support for Her both as Goddess, and as a figure in fairytales.
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This is beautiful! You've captured her perfectly.  Her face kinda says Fuck i care am I worshipped or not, I'm still goddess and I can kick ass.
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Aha, thank you! :D
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Is that true about her being a goddess? And if so, where did you learn it?)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
It's part of a familial spiritual practice, which derives from Finno-Ugric practices. But it's not a spiritual path accessible to outsiders, so I basically do artwork based on the stories of my family / pathway, and keep it at that. That being said, there are over 160 different versions of Baba Yaga's tale, and it's really not unfeasible that she didn't derive from chthonic goddesses and other forms of goddesses throughout the region.
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Do you know where I can read more about Northern legends and beliefs? I want to do research for a book!
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She's wonderful.  I thought she was Russian - the rune would suggest she's also Nordic.  Is this so?
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
She is Russian! But the runes featured here aren't the Elder Futhark/Uthark, but other symbols. So there's no real Nordic reference here.
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She is the wicked witch and a fairy godmother in same ( she is behaving to you how you behave to her, in spme stories she is helper).ttp://ravenari.deviantart.com/art/Baba-Yaga-128116958?moodonly=24#comments
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ajadedbrookeHobbyist General Artist
I have always adored Baba Yaga, despite all the stories that paint her out to be an evil witch. Here, you have made her look wise and soft. Someone who cares for her children. Fantastic. I really like the way you inserted the animals into her hair.
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AzizrianDaoXrakHobbyist Writer
Oh, this is stunning. What a beautiful portrait of one of my favorite mythical figures :)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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AzizrianDaoXrakHobbyist Writer
^^ You're welcome!
MakiBabaYaga's avatar
I love Baba Yaga too!! Excellent job!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Cheers!
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DarkLiminality Traditional Artist
Amazing work, I love the colour tones and composition - enchanting piece!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Hi :) your beautiful work is featured in my Journal this week :)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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DisneylyricStudent General Artist
Cerridwen is another example of an ex-goddess turned evil witch. She was a celtic goddess of fate and the moon.
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