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Post  Admin on 10/27/2008, 1:00 am


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A hag (or crone) is a kind of malevolent, wizened old woman often found in folklore and children's tales such as Hansel and Gretel. A hag is essentially a witch without any magical powers.
In the Dungeons & Dragons game, "hags" are three races of female creatures, sort of female counterparts to ogres. They are the annis (named from an analogous creature from the British folklore), the green hag (a green-skinned version of the Slavic Baba Yaga), and the sea hag (sort of a sea witch, not a mermaid). All three sorts are evil, but not overly powerful.
In Irish and Scottish mythology Cailleach was a goddess concerned with creation, harvest, and the underworld. The Three Fates (particularly Atropos) are often depicted as hags.
Within Wiccan and other Neo-pagan communities the term crone is reserved for honored elder women. It is a term of respect, acknowledging the wisdom and strength that comes with age.


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