Witches as Wise Women: Power of Storytelling
In many traditions, wise women and witches were healers -- equally wise and dangerous -- who were burnt at the stake not for their wickedness, but for their power, and for daring to use the gifts of know-ledge and wisdom.
Baba Yaga is often represented in images as comic as they are scary, which is why children both yell with laughter and shudder at her description. When we read between the lines we find that she is not evil, but certainly is frightening.
The witch in Hansel and Gretel dies, right? Well, she does and doesn't. Most versions of the story -- except for some sanitized ones that have little sense of the symbolic -- don't say 'she died'. Full Story
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