Which came first? The chicken legs or the egg?

Posted: August 2, 2013 in Just for fun, Photos
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Our younger daughter brought this home with her from France. It’s one of those things I find interestingly quirky and reminds me of the story of Baba Yaga that my mom read to my brother and me when we were little. Baba Yaga’s house sat on chicken legs and could rise up and turn around. Wikipedia said this:

“For example, in a version of “The Maiden Tsar” collected in the 19th century by Alexander Afanasyev, Ivan, a handsome merchant’s son, makes his way to the home of one of three Baba Yagas:

He journeyed onwards, straight ahead […] and finally came to a little hut; it stood in the open field, turning on chicken legs. He entered and found Baba Yaga the Bony-legged.”

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Oldrussia,net describes a much more sinister hut:

“Baba Yaga lives in a hut deep in the forest. Her hut seems to have a personality of its own and can move about on its extra-large chicken legs. Usually the hut is either spinning around as it moves through the forest or stands at rest with its back to the visitor. The windows of the hut seem to serve as eyes.

All the while it is spinning round, it emits blood-curdling screeches and will only come to a halt, amid much creaking and groaning, when a secret incantation is said. When it stops, it turns to face the visitor and lowers itself down on its chicken legs, throwing open the door with a loud crash.

The hut is sometimes surrounded by a fence made of bones, which helps to keep out intruders! The fence is topped with skulls whose blazing eye sockets illuminate the darkness.”

I don’t expect to see the egg cup start spinning around any time soon, at least I certainly hope not, but I thought you might enjoy this rather unusual item.  This is definitely NOT your mother’s Easter morning egg cup!

Unless, of course, your mother is Baba Yaga!

Comments
  1. Jayde-Ashe says:

    Wow that is an extremely cool egg holder!! And a very interesting/creepy story 🙂

  2. vastlycurious.com says:

    This is hilarious! Wouldn’t you like to serve this to a table full of guests at each seat!! I would!!

  3. I like it, it’s really cool not even for easter – it’s nice for halloween too. I was a fan of the russian stories. My book had the same pictures as in Wiki – they were scary and not really good for a chicken like me :o)

  4. Baba Yaga is the perfect comparison!

  5. It seems to be your daughter’s mother’s egg cup! What a great gift, and what a clever design, and what strange stories – I’ve read various Baba Yaga stories, but the detail that always stays with me is that astonishing house (even more than Baba Yaga herself, let alone the characters who are supposed to be the heroes and heroines) 😉

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