This starts out like Cinderella and then runs into an old Russian folk tale. It doesn't make much sense, until you read the source material. (via Nag on the Lake)
One of my favourite old fables! The summary of Clarissa Pinkola Estes' interpretation in Wikipedia is correct. The doll and skull are all about Vasilisa's learning to be true to her inner strength and power. And of course, Baba Yaga rocks!
There's also a lovely version, drawn by Kadi Fedoruk (creator of the webcomic 'Blindsprings', which is currently on an extremely long hiatus from which it may, unfortunately, never return, more is the pity...)She did this for a publication called "Valor" – a comic anthology of re-imagined fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in digital comics. Funded through a Kickstarter in 2014, it pays homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales through recreations of time-honored tales and brand new stories designed to be passed to future generations. It's apparently still available for purchase here — https://www.fairyloguepress.com/products/valor-anthologyKadi posted the 'Vasilisa' story she contributed to the project as a space-filler on her 'Blindsprings' website while she worked on furthering the Blindsprings story. You can find the first page here — https://www.blindsprings.com/comic/valor-page-one — and then just click on the navigation buttons beneath the image to view the rest of the story.-"BB"-
Thanks BB, Blindsprings was fun.
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