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Guard God of the backyard

He is a yard god if you haven't got a guard dog. Actually they are more like spirits, but we couldn't resist the opportunity for a BEWARE OF THE GOD headline.

He is vaguely related to his DOMOVOI cousin but lives in your barn or shed — or possibly garage. His job is to look after any animals you may be keeping there. Except sheep. They really hate sheep. The white fur puts them off. In fact they are allergic to white fur, period. We hope that doesn't cause you any inconvenience. But anything else is fine. Honestly.

Although they are supposedly at your service, in fact the DVOROVIYE are rather impish in nature and may turn nasty. Also, they can easily be bribed. Keep a pitchfork handy. And some white fur, just in case.

Now we come to think about it, why on earth would you let a DVOROVOI come into your yard? You would have to be crazy to employ such unreliable creatures. Get a dog instead.

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Article last updated on 09 February 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Area or people : Russia
Location : Czech Republic, Poland and Russia
Gender : Male
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 222

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