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Ježibaba in Czech and Slovak* | pronounced Baba Yaga: Ба́ба-Яга́ in Russia, Polish Baba Jaga and Bulgarian Баба Яга | in southern Slavic countries Baba Roga | is a Slavic mythological being that has the form of an ugly, old woman who lives by herself in the mountains or in the woods. 

Ježibiba is the personification of evil forces. When a human strays to her hut, which often stands on one chicken leg, they will be eaten. In this sense she is pretty cultivated and cooks the meat in her oven. In need of travel Ježibaba uses broom as a flying device. However, in eastern European folklore you could see her soaring on a mortar. When Baba Yaga is dying the trees are bending and the wind roars.

The name has its roots in the word Baba, which means an old woman. Similar character can be observed in almost all European nations, mostly only known as simple witch - a female who does magic (in Czech: čarodějnice). Ježibaba is also the main villain in Czech version of the German fairytale Hansel and Gretel

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    Actually, in Russian it’s neither a “J” nor a “Y”. It is a completely separate letter so it really does not matter which...
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    Which still means that in Polish/Russian it’s ‘J’ not ‘Y’. When presenting other languages it’s common courtesy to use...
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    In English it has to be written with “Y” not with “J”. English-speaking people pronouce “Y” like Polish “J”. :)
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