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Literature Meme → Russian Literature, Character: Baba Yaga
Baba Yaga is one of the most iconic characters in the Russian literature. She serves several purposes in literature: sometimes she’s a cannibalistic witch who kidnaps children, maidens, and princes to eat them. Other times she’s the wise old woman, a guide sought out by heroes on quests. Sometimes they must accomplish certain tasks before she will give them the answer; if they fail the task they get eaten, if they succeed, they’ll get what they came for. Rest assured, she’ll try her hardest to make the hero fail. Mostly because she ages one year every time she has to answer a question.
Yaga lives in the dark part of the forest, in the hut on the chicken legs. What most western readers may not know is that you must speak the magic words “Turn your back to the forest, your front to me” to get to the door.
Baba Yaga gets around on a mortar and drives it with her broom made of silver birch. She appears in a lot of folklore, one being Vaselissa Prekrasnaia (the Beautiful).
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Hypatia (ca. 351–370 AD) was a Greek philosopher and the daughter of Theon of Alexandria, who taught her mathematics. About 400 AD she became head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, where she lectured on the philosophy known as Neoplatonism. This combined Plato’s ideas with a mix of Christian, Jewish, and East Asian influences and emphasized striving for an unreachable ultimate reality. Her edition of Euclid’s Elements, prepared with her father, became the basis for all later versions. Christians deemed her philosophical views pagan - one day, in March 415 AD, during Lent, a mob of Christians led by Peter the Reader, waylaid Hypatia’s chariot as she travelled home.The mob attacked Hypatia, stripped her naked as a form of humiliation, then dragged her through the streets to the recently Christianised Caesareum, where they killed her.
She is considered to be the first woman of any importance in the history of mathematics.
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