Shelves: picture-books , folktale-fairytale I have read about Vasilisa the Beautiful. This is the first time I came across a character called Vasilisa the Brave. Perhaps it is a translation issue because this story IS indeed Vasilisa the Beautiful. I guess, compared to many Cinderella-like characters, Vasilisa IS indeed brave because she encounters a cannibalistic witch and somehow does not get herself eaten. Some modern reader may see her as a passive, weak girl who never takes control of her situation or stands up to her cruel I have read about Vasilisa the Beautiful. Some modern reader may see her as a passive, weak girl who never takes control of her situation or stands up to her cruel stepmother.

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Baba-Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair Text only version A long time ago there lived a merchant and his wife; they had one child, a girl called Vasilisa. Take this doll as my blessing. Always keep it with you and never show it to anybody. If anything bad happens to you, give the doll food and ask her for guidance. The Merchant soon became lonely and decided to marry again. They gave her heavy outdoor work to do, so she would grow thin and her face turn ugly in the wind and the sun.

Despite this, Vasilisa became more beautiful every day. For each day she gave her doll food and asked for advice. Having finished eating, the doll would help with the tasks and even bring Vasilisa herbs to prevent sunburn. This was not just any birch forest, for in this forest lived the terrifying witch, Baba-Yaga.

A witch who ate people like others ate chicken. Every day, the stepmother sent Vasilisa into the forest, but the girl always returned safe and sound with the guidance of her magic doll. Then one night, the stepmother crept around the house and extinguished all the candles. As the last candle failed, she said in a loud voice. Somebody must go to Baba-Yaga and ask for a light. Despite her fear, she fed her magic doll and asked for its advice. Then suddenly, she saw a horseman rushing by.

His face and clothes were white and he was riding a white horse. As he passed the first light of dawn appeared across the sky. Then, another horseman came by.

His face and clothes were red and he was riding a red horse. As he passed the sun began to rise. Vasilisa had never seen such strange men and she was very surprised.

A fence made of human bones surrounded the hut. It was crowned with human skulls. The gate had a sharp set of teeth that served as a lock.

Vasilisa was terribly afraid. Suddenly, another horseman galloped by. His face and clothes were black and he was riding a black horse. He rode through the gates and disappeared. As he passed, night descended. As the sky darkened the eyes of the skulls began to glow. Their light illuminated the forest. Vasilisa trembled, she wanted to run but her legs would not move. Almost immediately she heard a hideous noise. The earth shook, the trees groaned and there was Baba-Yaga, riding in her mortar.

She stopped and sniffed the air. She said, "I am, Vasilisa. My stepmother sent me to you to ask for a light. If you work well, I will give you light.

If you do not, I will cook you and eat you. Vasilisa followed and the gates closed fast behind her. As they entered the hut, Baba-Yaga ordered Vasilisa to bring her what was on the stove. There was enough food to feed ten men; then from the cupboard she collected kvas, mead, beer and wine. Baba-Yaga ate and drank everything.

She left Vasilisa nothing but a crust of bread. Vasilisa took her doll out of her pocket, gave it a crust of bread and said, "Please help me. Baba-Yaga has given me an impossible task to do and if I fail she will eat me.

Mornings are wiser than evenings. Vasilisa went to the corn bin and found the doll picking out the last black bits. The other tasks were also fulfilled. The doll said, "All you have to do now is prepare the supper and after that you can rest. She cooked the food, laid the table and waited. Baba-Yaga was very upset, for she wanted to eat the girl but the tasks were all completed. Hiding her anger, she said, "Very good," and then cried loudly, "My faithful servants grind the wheat! They took the wheat and vanished.

Baba-Yaga ate the supper and said to Vasilisa, "Tomorrow you must do the same tasks and then you must go to the store room and sort out the dirt from the poppy seeds.

Vasilisa, with the help of her doll, finished the tasks. In the evening the old woman came back and checked everything over. Three pairs of hands appeared. They took the bin of poppy seeds and vanished. Baba-Yaga sat down to eat. Who was he? Vasilisa continued, "Then I saw a red horseman. Have you further questions? How have you managed to carry out all the work so quickly? I will not have people with blessings in my home.

As she approached the gates she was about to throw away the skull, but suddenly she heard a muffled voice say: "You must keep me, your stepmother and her daughters have need of me. As she entered, the skull fixed its eyes on the stepmother and her two daughters. Its eyes burnt them like fire. They tried to hide, but the piercing eyes followed them and never let them out of their sight. By morning nothing was left of the three women except three heaps of ash on the floor. Vasilisa was unharmed.

She buried the skull in the garden and went to find shelter in the nearest town. Here she lodged with an old woman. One day the old woman gave Vasilisa some flax. With it Vasilisa spun the most beautiful thread, so fine it was like hair. Then she weaved the thread into the most exquisite cloth. It was brilliant white, soft and so beautiful. Vasilisa gave it to the old woman and said: "Grandmother, you have been so kind to me, sell this cloth and keep the money.

I am going to take it to the Tsar. The Tsar thanked the old woman and gave her many presents before sending her home. Impressed with the beautiful cloth, the Tsar tried to find someone who could make shirts from it. However all the tailors declined the work, as the cloth was too fine for them to handle. In the end the Tsar called the old woman and said, "You must also know how to sew the cloth as you made it. It was not my work.

It was done by a girl I took in. Vasilisa made the shirts and the old woman took them to the Tsar. He said loudly, "His Majesty wishes to see the needlewoman who has made his wonderful clothes. Vasilisa and the Tsar were captivated by each other and eventually they married. Also at the palace was the little doll, for Vasilisa carried it around in her pocket until the day she died.


A Freaky Fairy Tale of Ancient Folklore: Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga

Synopsis[ edit ] By his first wife, a merchant had a single daughter, who was known as Vasilisa the Beautiful. When the girl was eight years old, her mother died. On her deathbed, she gave Vasilisa a tiny wooden doll with instructions to give it a little to eat and a little to drink if she were in need, and then it would help her. As soon as her mother died, Vasilisa gave it a little to drink and a little to eat, and it comforted her.


Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave


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