ババヤガの御札 – BABA YAGA no ofuda
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anata
no
zembu
wo
ate
ni
muite
kudasai
ba
ba
ya
ga
sha
chiisai
sha
mori
ni
se
wo
muite
kudasai
shi-yaku-jin no hokora
Shrine of the Four Misfortune kami
Translation
kanji/kana: 舎 小さい 舎 森 に 背 を 向いて ください
romaji: sha chiisai sha mori ni se wo muite kudasai
Literal: hut little hut, forest to back turn please
Original: Izba, little izba, turn your back to the forest,

kanji/kana: あなた の 前部 を 私 に 向いて ください
Romaji: anata no zembu wo ate ni muite kudasai
Literal: your front to me turn please
Original: turn your front to me.
Obviously, BABA YAGA is not Japanese. However, she most defintely falls in the category of kami – inspiring both awe and terror. BABA YAGA is the quintessential witch of European folklore, but as guardian of the waters of life and death, she also represents the great powers of transformation. She was enshrined for two reasons. First, because she has shown herself willing to help in the past. And second, because she is one of the few powers that can persuade the shi-yaku-jin to mitigate their effects on the local area – being herself something of a mixed "blessing" at best, should she choose to take an active interest in your life.
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