16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

//16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

The story of a young woman, her magic doll, and a witch who may be the most terrifying - or the most ridiculous - person you've ever seen. You'll also see that you should definitely not trust a gift from a witch. Especially if that gift is a human skull...that's on fire.

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By |2018-03-15T14:56:05+00:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments


  1. Josephine May 22, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Jason! Love the show! Very enjoyable.
    Just wanted to mention that Baba Yaga also famously carries a broom, like European witches. She uses the pestle to spur the mortar on and covers her tracks with the broom. It’s even there on the episode picture, albeit a really ugly one.

  2. Susan May 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Baba Yaga was a warped product of medieval behavior toward women and a few old women who found power. baba had several children this reminds me of one of her grandchildren tails.

  3. Holly Hamilton October 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    A really great artist drew out the story of Vasilisa as a webcomic! Her name is Kadi Fedoruk and here’s a link to the comic, it really is beautiful!

  4. Jason Marth August 18, 2016 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Great stuff, really enjoyed it. How do I gain access to the source pack eBook? I’ve signed up as a member, and I’d love to read more about Baba Yaga.

  5. Bacha August 15, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

    First of all: Great podcast, great content, great form! I love the stories and how much time you spend on telling (though I imagine even much more on researching) them as well as your quite hermeneutic approach. When reading for myself, I also enjoy connecting the text with my own human horizon, it’s always adds something to my perception of the world and of myself. Anyway, I’m commenting on this episode, because I thought about your “multiple personality” idea and Vaselisa being detached from her other self while working “as the doll”. I like the image and the psychological view, but I think it misses a vital point: The doll is Vaselisa’s connection to her roots, to the life of her mother and to her own history. For me, the doll is part of Vaselisa’s identity, the historical and root part. What came to my mind were stories of people staying sane in the most inhumane situations (prison, concenration camps, forced labor) because of their strong inner connection to family, faith, culture or whatever concept it was that gave them their integrated identity. And the doll can be seen similarly: She gets it from her mother, she doesn’t know what to think of it and how to use it, she just keeps it as a symbol. But as time passes and the situation gets harder, she eventually learns how to use what she got and how that helps her. It needs to be fed, well, feelings and inner concepts need that, too, but then they can be comforting (it’s interesting how comforting is always the first thing the doll does) and they can help to survive hard times and stay sane. I admit that this interpretation doesn’t explain the physical aspect of the hard work as well as the personality disorder, but I like how it connects back to the personal history of a human (well, a disorder does that, too, but not really in a positive sense ;)).
    That’s it, sorry for the long comment being more about my own thoughts than on your great work. But your great work made me think, and although I knew the story (slavic background here, so that’s also responsible for any language flaws), the episode (like many others) made me connect it to myself and to human life in a new way. Thanks so much!

  6. Marshal May 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    No fun adjective for Steve Combs on this episode?

    • Jason May 4, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Haha, no…the podcast started to get bigger and I realized the illustrious Steve Combs was actually listening. I realized a whole group of people were getting introduced to his work through the show and I didn’t want that to color the way people saw him? It made sense at the time.

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