Jezibaba - The Divine Witch: Goddesses and Gods

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The Divine Witch: Goddesses and Gods

Jezibaba seems to be Baba Yaga’s Czech sister. A forest goddess, the name “Jezibaba” literally means “Granny Witch.” Like Baba Yaga, Jezibaba lives in the forest in a little hut, although hers is on the shores of a lake. Her personality is somewhat milder than Baba’s: she’s not quite as scary. Less emphasis is placed on cannibalism or initiation; devotees request her assistance with love and fertility.

Jezibaba may be an incarnation of the ancient Semitic deity Yahu or Yahi, female ruler of menstrual power. Jezibaba’s children are the Jezinky—sometimes hostile cave-dwelling spirits. Some scholars think the Jezinky are really Djinn.

See also Baba Yaga; DICTIONARY: Djinn.