Magic of the Ages
Other Dacian branches
pronounced moo-mah pah-doo-ree
"mother of the forest", mythical being, represented as a very old woman, with gnarled limbs and weathered wrinkled face, a crooked nose and a pointed chin.
She oversees the forest and it's trees and beings. Generally she hates humans for all the harm they do to forests. She usually inhabits a big tree stump, or a cave, or a special hut. Sometimes she would curse pregnant women and children, but sometimes she does help children and poor people in need of help.
She is told to ride either a magical tree stump, a stone mortar, or an infernal black mare "with nine hearts".
It is said that she is part of a triumvirate of three sisters, the other ones being Zgripturoaica and Scorpia.
Also it is said that she has four sons, Zorila, Miezila, Murgila and Miazanoapte (the four important times of the day & night, dawn, noon, dusk and midnight).
Sometimes confused with Martolea (see reference).
She has a few similar characteristics of the Baba Yaga of the Slavic mythology.