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The article attempts to connect the sources of appearance of the folklore images of Old Women-Villains with a prehistoric epoch, when a replacement of matriarchy by patriarchy took place in a primitive society, and people began to demonize former female deities (goddesses) with the help of their priests. Subsequently these images passed into folklore, in particular, fairy tales and heroic eposes.

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Amazons, female deities, the Kam-Storyteller, demonize, the Bahshi-Storyteller, the epos, a fairy tale, a folklore image