Episode 8: The Old and The Ugly – Witches in Fairy Tales and Myth

We at She Who Persisted strongly oppose luring people into huts and eating them. We do, however, support dancing naked in woods. So, grab your chocolate and listen to Heather, Liz, and Bea talk about witches from folklore and myth. No matter if it’s Hekate, Baba Yaga, or Ursula from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, we’ve got you covered with all your witchy needs.

Because, as you all know: b/witches get stuff done.


Excellent resource for any questions regarding Greek mythology and lists of primary sources: Theoi Greek Mythology, Theoi Project, www.theoi.com. Published by Aaron J. Atsma.

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