Forget pointed black hats, black cats, and riding on brooms. Well, maybe not the broom. Slavic folklore brings to children a much more frightening witch than anything dreamed up by Western Europeans. Native to Eastern European and Russian cultures, Baba Yaga blows through legend like a force of nature. Sometimes kind, sometimes cruel, and usually portrayed as a hideous, old hag living in a hut standing on chicken legs and surrounded by fence made of human bones, she wields a mortar and pestle and either a broom or mop, but she’s never predictable.