This lyrical retelling of an ancient Bone Mother tale by Suzanne Banay Santo weaves the story of Vasalisa, who is sent by her step mother into the depths of the forest to retrieve the sacred fire from the dark crone Baba Yaga. Through the completion of seemingly impossible tasks with the aid of a magic doll she keeps close to her heart, the young girl finds the strength and courage to overcome her fears. As such this is a poignant initiation story for all women who seek their own inner authority to meet and pass through the challenges of life. With rich images and fluid narrative, Santo conveys with vivid clarity the essence of this timeless story of endurance and trust in the unseen powers that nourish and guide us.
Returning: A Tale of Vasalisa and Baba Yaga Hot
June 29, 2012 174 0Add
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Returning: A Tale of Vasalisa and Baba Yaga 2012-07-09 23:18:28 auntyem
In Returning, Toronto author Suzanne Banay Santo uses a melodic, narrative voice to usher readers inside an old piece of folklore that may be familiar in scents and traces. Ultimately, the tale Santo unearths comes from a wisdom tradition distant from North American audiences, which she makes available in delightful descriptions of the setting and characters. The elements include: a folkloric crone figure, Baba Yaga; a young woman forced into an odyssey that she reclaims guided by her intuition (and a magic doll), Vasalisa; the deep forests and the Yaga’s decrepit house on chicken legs which form the setting for the journey.