: Basilisa La Hermosa: Cuentos Rusos () by José Vento Molina; Vladimir Mináev and a great selection of similar New, Used and. Vasilisa (Russian: Василиса Прекрасная) is a Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye russkie skazki. BASILISA LA HERMOSA (CUENTOS RUSOS). 28 likes. Book.

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She was to clean the house and yard, wash Baba Yaga’s laundry, and cook her a meal. The white, red, and black riders appear in basulisa tales of Baba Yaga and are often interpreted to give her a mythological significance. Vasilisa asked about the riders’s identities and was told that the white one was Daythe red one the Sunand the black one Night.

But when Vasilisa thought of asking about the disembodied hands, the doll quivered in her pocket. Her older daughter then put out the candle, whereupon they sent Vasilisa to fetch light from Baba Yaga ‘s hut. For the feature film, see Vasilisa the Beautiful film. Later, Vasilisa became an assistant to a maker of cloth in Russia’s capital city, where she became so skilled at her work that the Tsar himself noticed her skill; he later married Vasilisa.

The coals brought in the skull-lantern burned Vasilisa’s stepmother and stepsisters to ashes, and Vasilisa buried the skull according to its instructions, so no person would ever be harmed by it. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vasilisa the Beautiful Hedmosa.

While she was walking, a mysterious man rode by her in the hours before dawn, dressed in white, riding a white horse whose equipment was all white; then a similar rider in red. One day she hermosaa each of the girls a task and put out all the fires except a single candle. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat As soon as her mother died, Vasilisa gave it a little to drink and a little to eat, and it comforted her.

A hefmosa rider, like the white and red riders, rode past her, and night fell, whereupon the eye sockets of hermoea skulls began to glow. A Baba Yaga Story. She was also required to separate grains of rotten corn from sound corn, and separate poppy seeds from grains of soil.


When young men came wooing, the stepmother rejected them all because it was not proper for the younger to marry before the older, and none of the suitors wished to marry Vasilisa’s stepsisters.

At dawn, the white rider passed; at or before noon, the red. The book Vasilisa the Terrible: One day the merchant had to embark on lla journey.


On her deathbed, she gave Vasilisa a tiny wooden doll with instructions to give it a little to eat and a little to drink if she were in need, and then it would help her. When the girl was eight years old, her mother died. Aleksandr Rou made a film entitled Vasilisa the Beautiful inhowever, it was based on a different tale — The Frog Tsarevna.

Women Who Run with the Her,osa. In return, Baba Yaga enquired as to the cause of Vasilisa’s success. As the black rider rode past, Baba Yaga returned and could complain of nothing. Baba Yaga left, and Vasilisa despaired, as she worked herself into exhaustion.

A Tale of Vasilisa and Baba Yaga.


Upon her return, Vasilisa found that, since sending her out on her task, her step-family had been unable to light any candles or fire in their home. Vasilisa’s stepmother was very cruel to her, but with the help of the doll, she was able to perform all the tasks imposed on her.

There is also a Soviet cartoon — Vasilisa the Beautifulbut it is also based on the Frog Tsarevna tale. Baba Yaga said that Vasilisa must perform tasks to earn the fire, or be killed.

On hearing the answer “by my mother’s blessing”, Baba Yaga, who wanted nobody with any kind of blessing in her presence, threw Vasilisa out of her house, and sent her home with a skull-lantern full of burning coals, to provide light for her step-family.


Russian folklore characters Russian fairy tales Female characters in fairy tales Baba Yaga. After a time, her father remarried; the new wife was a woman with two daughters. Vasilisa was too frightened to run away, and so Baba Yaga found her when she arrived in her mortar. His wife sold the house and moved them all to a gloomy hut by the forest.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Laura Frankos ‘ short story “Slue-Foot Sue and the Witch in the Woods” is a satirical pastiche of the story of Vasilisa, subverting convention by supplanting Vasilisa with the Texan fakelore heroine Slue-Foot Sue.

By his first wife, a merchant had a single daughter, who was known as Vasilisa the Beautiful. She came to a house that stood on chicken legs and was walled by a fence made of human bones.

Vasilisa appears in the comic book Hellboy: She interprets Baba Yaga as the “wild feminine” principle that Vasilisa has been separated from, which, by obeying and learning how to nurture, she learns and grows from. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. Views Read Edit View history. The book also includes other characters of slavic folklore, such as a Domovoi making an appearance.

In such an interpretation, he regarded this fairy tale as depicting the conflict between the sunlight Vasilisathe storm her stepmotherand dark clouds her stepsisters.

In common with many folklorists of his day, Alexander Afanasyev regarded many tales as primitive ways of viewing nature. In some versions, the tale ends with the death of the stepmother and stepsisters, and Vasilisa lives peacefully with her father after their removal.

nermosa Retrieved from ” https: The novel Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter is based on this folktale with a modern twist. Edith Hodgetts included an English translation of this story in her collection Tales and Legends from the Land of the Tzar.