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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hag Fairies-

Hag Fairies-
The Hag - Bad to the Bone - and Ugly Too
The Hag of the mist is a spirit being in Welsh folklore,
comparable to the Irish banshee.
Like the banshee, the Hag of the mist is portrayed
as an ugly woman, whose wailing cry is said to forewarn
of a death in the household.
It is known in Welsh as Gwrach-y-Rhibyn,
and also goes by the English name of Hag of the Dribble.
Normally invisible, it stalks its victim and can be
seen and heard when near a crossroads or stream.
It is associated with water, and lives in fog bound areas.
She has been described as hideous, with filthy hair,
dark eyes, and wearing ragged black clothing. Her cry warns of a death, calling out the name
of the victim. The person is usually either
the person hearing it, or someone in their family.  

Hag Fairy-
A hag, or "the Old Hag", is a nightmare spirit in the English and anglophone North American 
folklore. The Fairy Hag has a variety of cultural identities roots from the essentially Old English to ancient Germanic superstition and are closely related to the Scandinavian culture too. According to folklore, the Old Hag sat on a sleeper's chest and sent nightmares to either the female/male and of course the children too. And when the would awaken the victim would be unable to breathe or in some cases move for a short 
period of time. In a Swedish film called the Marianne, there is an character in the film that suffer from these
folklore nightmares of the old hag nightmare spirit. This state is now called 'sleep paralysis' yet in the old ancient beliefs it has always been called 'hagridden'. It is still frequently discussed as if it were a paranormal state in the scientific world. During the English Renaissances times the word 'Hag and Fairy' were often 
synonymous with each other. They were often found in folktale related to stories of the Crone.
These Goddesses were connected to death, as well as the season of the winter. 
It was thought that the Hag fairies were responsible for the winter, sickness and of course death.
Hag Fairies are also known to be a threat to humans as they will kill and devour humans.
They have been known to cook the carcass within a large cauldron. Hag faeries are usually found
between the times of Beltain and Samhain. The term 'Hag ridden'' is referred to a horse that 
was stolen by a faery or witch of the dark magic and ridden all night only to be returned at dawn all worn
out or Hag ridden. I hope that I kinda made this some kinda since to the origins of the Hag fairy...

Baba Yaga: (Grandmother Bony Shanks) This Russian hag faery is said to be a wild
woman of dark magic and was said to live in a magical home which would move from place to place. In these stories of the Slavic folklore and myth they were said to come from the people who lived in the forests of northern Russian and Finland many many years ago. Yet in many way the people of today still believe of 
the Baba Yaga even today. They had said to have stone statues named Yaga. And the Russian
soldiers who came to the area called the Golden Babas. It was said  that these statues had
their own little huts, built on tree stumps, full of gifts. These statues were of a local goddess that the
people would ask for advice in the old days of Russia. It seems that she also had the power to decide
what would happen to the people  too. a bit like Baba-Yaga.  The word Baba means a woman old
enough to marry . However in the Russian folklore of the Baba-Yaga it is often described as a frightening
wild, old witch with a terrible appetite for eating mostly children. It is said the story of the Baba Yaga
and the Vasilisa the Fair is one of the well-known tales and has things very in common with other folk tales
like that of Cinderella of the U.S folktale.
I found the Baba Yaga very interesting as for her origins. It is said in some of the folklore tales that
she stands for a person's fate. When ever someone enters her hut , they live or die depending on what
they say or do. Some also say that the Baba Yaga stand for an more darker side of wisdom  and others the
lighter side. From what I can see from the tale of the Baba Yaga she is really much more that just a evil witch with chicken feet that has an appetite for children... And I have seen many lighter side stories and children stories made hear in the U.S that my son loved as a young boy too..
In many ancient societies , the older women were seen as the keepers of wisdom and traditions for
the family or tribe. No longer able to have or care for children they became the mother to the rest of the
community. It was believed that these wise women understood the mysteries of birth and death. They were
the healers and looked after the dying. Sometimes they were even thought to have the power of life and death itself. The word witch once meant wise ... Well In my opinion it still does... as in the old days of the
witch hunts I think it was the 11th & 12th centuries those young and older women were wise beyond any ones years on the herbs of healing and are to his day...
It was the 12thcentury I believe that started the whole nasty thing of the bad witch with the magic power of which was thought be be used for only evil by small minded & closed minded people in those times which cause the fear and hate towards these wise women with their potions and wonderful advice.. As you know
the history hundreds if not thousands of women were put to death by fire just because of the picture of
the wise women became changed to the witch quote became the frighting evil casting wicked spells witch..
of course all of the women in the 11th and 12th century were beautiful women but were all depicted as the the frightening ugly old hag of the stories today ....
Now Baba Yaga is interesting to me because although she is described as a terrifying old witch, she is
still described as wise and very powerful in the tales and folklore of Russia and Finland ... and sometimes a
bit wild, cruel but sometimes kind.. Baba Yaga makes a link between the wise women of early myths and
the witch's of the folklore of sorts...
The Baba Yaga like most witches can fly but doesn't use a broomstick. She uses a giant mortar with her
knees almost touching her chin. She drives very fast over the forest and uses the pestle as a rudder held in
her right hand. Baba Yaga sweeps away her tacks with broom made out of silver Birch held in her left
hand. Whenever she appears, there is always a wild wind that begins to blow and the trees will groan as the
leave whirl throught the air. You know that the Baba Yaga in in the forest.. Her home is a hut deep in the
birch forest, in a place that is very difficult to find, unless a magic thread or feather shows the way. The hut has a life of its own. It stands on large chicken legs and can move about. Its windows act as eyes and the lock is a full set of teeth. A post fence surround the hut. The posts are made of human bones and the topped
with skull whose blazing eyes sockets light up the forest. Very often the hut is guarded by hungry dogs...
The hut can spin around and moves through the forest. It can also make blood-curdling screeches.
Those who do find the Baba Yaga hut and find their why in, never leave as she washes them, feeds them
and sits them on a giant spatula before putting them in her oven....

The stories below I have found and are very interesting and fun to read I have also given the link the
story with the author too as you can see with the one below of the tale of the Baba Yaga of Russia by
Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal in 1903... so please feel free to look at the link that I
have provided for you with the wonderful story of the Baba Yaga with I have come to love ... 

Baba Yaga-
Folk Tales From the Russian, by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal, [1903],
SOMEWHERE, I cannot tell you exactly where, but certainly in vast Russia, there lived a peasant with his wife and they had twins — a son and daughter. One day the wife died and the husband mourned over her very sincerely for a long time. One year passed, and two years, and even longer. But there is no order in a house without a woman, and a day came when the man thought, "If I marry again possibly it would turn out all right." And so he did, and had children by his second wife.

The stepmother was envious of the stepson and daughter and began to use them hardly. She scolded them without any reason, sent them away from home as often as she wished, and gave them scarcely enough to eat. Finally she wanted to get rid of them altogether. Do you know what it means to allow a wicked thought to enter one's heart?

The wicked thought grows all the time like a poisonous plant and slowly kills the good thoughts. A wicked feeling was growing in the stepmother's heart, and she determined to send the children to the witch, thinking sure enough that they would never return.
"Dear children," she said to the orphans, "go to my grandmother who lives in the forest in a hut on hen's feet. You will do everything she wants you to, and she will give you sweet things to eat and you will be happy."
The orphans started out. But instead of going to the witch, the sister, a bright little girl, took her brother by the hand and ran to their own old, old grandmother and told her all about their going to the forest.
"Oh, my poor darlings!" said the good old grandmother, pitying the children, "my heart aches for you, but it is not in my power to help you. You have to go not to a loving grandmother, but to a wicked witch. Now listen to me, my darlings," she continued; "I will give you a hint: Be kind and good to every

one; do not speak ill words to any one; do not despise helping the weakest, and always hope that for you, too, there will be the needed help."
The good old grandmother gave the children some delicious fresh milk to drink and to each a big slice of ham. She also gave them some cookies—there are cookies everywhere—and when the children departed she stood looking after them a long, long time.
The obedient children arrived at the forest and, oh, wonder! there stood a hut, and what a curious one! It stood on tiny hen's feet, and at the top was a rooster's head. With their shrill, childish voices they called out loud:
"Izboushka, Izboushka! turn thy back to the forest and thy front to us!"
The hut did as they commanded. The two orphans looked inside and saw the witch resting there, her head near the threshold, one foot in one corner, the other foot in another corner, and her knees quite close to the ridge pole.
"Fou, Fou, Fou!" exclaimed the witch; "I feel the Russian spirit."

The children were afraid, and stood close, very close together, but in spite of their fear they said very politely:
"Ho, grandmother, our stepmother sent us to thee to serve thee."
"All right; I am not opposed to keeping you, children. If you satisfy all my wishes I shall reward you; if not, I shall eat you up."
Without any delay the witch ordered the girl to spin the thread, and the boy, her brother, to carry water in a sieve to fill a big tub. The poor orphan girl wept at her spinning-wheel and wiped away her bitter tears. At once all around her appeared small mice squeaking and saying:
"Sweet girl, do not cry. Give us cookies and we will help thee."
The little girl willingly did so.
"Now,"gratefully squeaked the mice, "go and find the black cat. He is very hungry; give him a slice of ham and he will help thee."
The girl speedily went in search of the cat and saw her brother in great distress about the tub, so many times he had filled

the sieve, yet the tub was still dry. The little birds passed, flying near by, and chirped to the children:
"Kind-hearted little children, give us some crumbs and we will advise you."
The orphans gave the birds some crumbs and the grateful birds chirped again:
"Some clay and water, children dear!"
Then away they flew through the air.
The children understood the hint, spat in the sieve, plastered it up with clay and rilled the tub in a very short time. Then they both returned to the hut and on the threshold met the black cat. They generously gave him some of the good ham which their good grandmother had given them, petted him and asked:
"Dear Kitty-cat, black and pretty, tell us what to do in order to get away from thy mistress, the witch?"
"Well," very seriously answered the cat, "I will give you a towel and a comb and then you must run away. When you hear the witch running after you, drop the towel behind your back and a large river will appear in place of the towel.

If you hear her once more, throw down the comb and in place of the comb there will appear a dark wood. This wood will protect you from the wicked witch, my mistress."
Baba Yaga came home just then.
"Is it not wonderful?" she thought; "everything is exactly right."
"Well," she said to the children, "today you were brave and smart; let us see to-morrow. Your work will be more difficult and I hope I shall eat you up."
The poor orphans went to bed, not to a warm bed prepared by loving hands, but on the straw in a cold corner. Nearly scared to death from fear, they lay there, afraid to talk, afraid even to breathe. The next morning the witch ordered all the linen to be woven and a large supply of firewood to be brought from the forest.
The children took the towel and comb and ran away as fast as their feet could possibly carry them. The dogs were after them, but they threw them the cookies that were left; the gates did not open themselves, but the children smoothed them with oil; the birch tree near the

path almost scratched their eyes out, but the gentle girl fastened a pretty ribbon to it. So they went farther and farther and ran out of the dark forest into the wide, sunny fields.
The cat sat down by the loom and tore the thread to pieces, doing it with delight. Baba Yaga returned.
"Where are the children?" she shouted, and began to beat the cat. "Why hast thou let them go, thou treacherous cat? Why hast thou not scratched their faces?"
The cat answered: "Well, it was because I have served thee so many years and thou hast never given me a bite, while the dear children gave me some good ham."
The witch scolded the dogs, the gates, and the birch tree near the path.
"Well," barked the dogs, "thou certainly art our mistress, but thou hast never done us a favor, and the orphans were kind to us."
The gates replied:
"We were always ready to obey thee, but thou didst neglect us, and the dear children smoothed us with oil."

"The children ran away as fast as their feet could possibly carry them"

The birch tree lisped with its leaves, "Thou hast never put a simple thread over my branches and the little darlings adorned them with a pretty ribbon."
Baba Yaga understood that there was no help and started to follow the children herself. In her great hurry she forgot to look for the towel and the comb, but jumped astride a broom and was off. The children heard her coming and threw the towel behind them. At once a river, wide and blue, appeared and watered the field. Baba Yaga hopped along the shore until she finally found a shallow place and crossed it.
Again the children heard her hurry after them and so they threw down the comb. This time a forest appeared, a dark and dusky forest in which the roots were interwoven, the branches matted together, and the tree-tops touching each other. The witch tried very hard to pass through, but in vain, and so, very, very angry, she returned home.
The orphans rushed to their father, told him all about their great distress, and thus concluded their pitiful story:

"Ah, father dear, why dost thou love us less than our brothers and sisters?"
The father was touched and became angry. He sent the wicked stepmother away and lived a new life with his good children. From that time he watched over their happiness and never neglected them any more.
How do I know this story is true? Why, one was there who told me about it.

Gentle Annie: She is a hag faery of the Scottish Lowlands. It is thought that she has
control over the storms. She is a cannibal hag with a blue face and iron claws that
supposedly were used to dig a cave in the Dane Hills in Leicestershire.

Gyre-Carlin: Is a Hag Faery who resides in Scotland. When she rides the storms she is
known as "Nicnevin". She is also known to have considerable skills in Spinning.

Cally Berry: She is an Ulster Hag Faery who is in a constant state of war with Finn Mac
Cumhal and his followers. She sometimes takes the form of a crane to fly about and predict
storms. She is often equated with the Caillech Bheur of Scotland, though in my opinion
they are two separate entities.

Gwyllion: (Hag Fairy) these are the mountain faeries of Wales. They often lead wanderers
astray in the mountains. It is said that they tend to herds of goats in the mountains and that
they also can shape shift into goats. It is said that they detest both humans and storms.

Vargamor: (Wolf Crones) these faeries dwell within the forests of Sweden. They are said to
have the power of sorcery and to be closely associated with wolves, thus their name, Wolf
crones. The vargamor are known to provide human victims for wolf companions.

Caillage Ny Groagmagh: (Old Woman of Gloominess) She is a hag faery from Manx and is
said to control the weather. And similar to the American groundhog, she comes out at
Imbolc to check the weather. If the weather is bad it will stay that way for awhile. And if it
is good she will keep it that way for awhile.

Yama-Uba: Yama Uba is a notorious mountain hag faery who lives in Japan. She has a
head full of snakes which she uses to catch human prey with. The snakes feed it into her
mouth which is located on top of her head. Reminds me of my ex mother in law (tongue in cheek).

Gorska Makva: She is a Hag Faery from Bulgaria who prowls through villages at night in
an effort to torment children.

Yuki Onna: Yuki Onna is a Japanese hag faery that lives in the snowstorms. She delights in
leading travelers astray so that they perish in the ice and snow.

Muireartach: She is a Scottish Hag Faery who will appear as a bluish-grey, old crone with
sharp teeth and only one large eye. Or sometimes she will appear as a sea snake. She was
also mother to the king of the mythical underwater realm of Luchlan. She is also
responsible for creating storms off of the Scottish coast.

Kappa: This is a very strange fairy hag from Japan. She is a Japaneses water faery. She has 
green skin and a tortoise shell on her back. The Kappa faery also has webbed feet and a trunk like
nose. Their heads have an indentation which serves as a reservoir for a small amount of water, for 
they are very aquatic creature and most stay wet at all times. Despite their appearance these fairy hags
can be very dangerous to an unwary traveler so be careful if you cross their path. They tend to lure humans and animals into their marshy waters where they kill and then eat them alive.

Kikimora: The Kikimora's are an female Russian house fairy. These fairies are said to be a tiny 
woman with chicken feet. They prefer to live behind the oven or in the cellar if the humans have one.
These fairy hags usually are invisible, but will appear when someone is about to die. They do Enjoy to 
spin thread and perform household chores for the humans. Yet if annoyed they will make strange 
noises and tickle your children until they wake up/ this includes your infants too. There is an old
saying that will appease these Russian house faery's - you must wash your pots and pans in Fern tea.

Duendes [Lords of the House]: Duendes are Spanish house fairies that manifest as small middle aged
woman with very long fingers. It is said they dress in green, grey or red clothing. The males Duendes 
fairies are said to favor brimless hats, dark hoods or even red caps. Duendes prefer to live in isolated
houses, caves or lonely towers. The only time that they will appear is at night taking on the various 
household chores. If a human is untidy around the house, the Duendes will try to drive the person out of
their own home through a various unpleasant means. They would love to drive their human families from the 
homes so that they might have these dwelling for themselves.

Aitvaras - These house faeries hail from Lithuania. Once adopting a home they tend to
supply the inhabitants with grain and money which they steal from the neighbors. It is said
that within the home they appear as cockerels and outside the home as small dragons. He
can be seen breathing yellow flame from his mouth and at other times only his long,
flaming tail is visible.
There is a legend that one may purchase an Aitvaras from the devil in exchange for ones

Bannik - This Russian house faery is unusual in that he frequents bath houses and fresh
water ponds. An offering to this house faery would be a pail of hot water and some soap.
Legend has it that if he rubs your back while using the bath house that you will have good
luck, but if he scratches you then your luck will run bad. He can often be heard giggling
and hissing under the benches of the bath house. And it is suggested that every third
warming of the water in the bath house be left for the sole use of this peculiar faery.
The Bannick is one of four subspecies of Domoviyr house faeries

Well my dear friends & followers I have finished my post on the many
different hag fairies which did take a bit of time. I wanted to included 
photos with each of the hag fairies but I will have to do that 
another time although I just might do a post just on the 
Baba Yaga hag faery which will included images from 
Russia where the Baba had orginins is from.. 
I have always had a special place for the Baba Yaga 
Probaly as I had said earlir in the post, having fond memeries 
with my son favorie anmianated movie of the Baba Yaga 
depitied on a I think a disney movie short short ... I can't remembr 
the name but the memories are still fresh as the day when Kai was only
between 5 to 7 years old .. Well Enjoy my dears & I will get to 
the next post.. love you all
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