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Folktales lurk in those same dark, deep childhood memories. They haunt and enchant us as adults. They still scare us in the most familiar ways. This is a series exploring one of the darkest elements of global folktales: the hag. These little old women who live in the woods appear in stories from all over the world, from the child-eating Baba Yaga in Russia, to the old woman in the underworld who helps Marwe in stories from Kenya. These women are wise and wicked, helpful and dangerous. They are often a hero's last hope, but are never to be trifled with. These enchanting female characters remind me of the strongest parts of myself, bold and strange and worth embracing.

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