Wisdom from Baba-Yaga

I read a lot of fables, Greek mythology, and folktales when I was young, and as of recent I’ve been thinking about a Russian folktale that has a bit of wisdom to ponder. It’s from the story of Vasilisa the Beautiful, who has been sent by her jealous stepsisters to retrieve a light from the strange domain of (even stranger) Baba-Yaga:

“Why don’t you say anything?” said Baba-Yaga. “Anyone would think you were dumb.”

“I didn’t dare,” answered Vasilisa, “but if you don’t mind, there are a few things I’d like to ask about.”

“Ask away!” said Baba-Yaga. “But take care. Not every question has a good answer. The more one knows, the sooner one grows old.”

You can read the full story here.


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