Horsemen and “sould friends”
Baba Yagas faithful servants are the White Horseman, the Red Horseman and the Black Horseman. When Vasilisa the Beautiful her who these mysterious horsemen are she replies: “My Bright Dawn, my Red Sun and my Dark Midnight.”
While she was walking, a mysterious man rode by her in the hours before dawn, dressed in white, riding a white horse whose equipment was all white; then a similar rider in red. She came to a house that stood on chicken legs and was walled by a fence made of human bones. A black rider, like the white and red riders, rode past her, and night fell, whereupon the eye sockets of the skullsbecame luminous. Vasilisa was too frightened to run away, and so Baba Yaga found her when she arrived in her mortar.
Vasilisa asked about the riders’ identities and was told that the white one was Day, the red one the Sun, and the black one Night. Other details are not explained, on the grounds that Baba Yaga preferred to keep them secret.
Among her other servants whom she calls “my soul friends” and whom she is reluctant to discuss with visitors are the three bodiless pairs of hands, which appear out of thin air to do her bidding.
Dark Midnight. Lisa Svensk,2009.