When a man or boy falls into a lake or pond and drowns, their spirit becomes a VODNIK. He’s green, bloated, scary and very unfriendly.
Unable to come to terms with his drowning, VODNIK takes it out on the rest of humanity. Don’t go swimming in his pond — he’ll grab your legs and pull you under to keep him company for the rest of eternity.
We are told by those in the know that VODNIK can be appeased taking your cap off as you pass his pond. Say hello in a cheery respectful voice. If you don’t have a cap, offer him a fish. If you don’t have a fish, you may be in trouble as he will tear your fishing net to pieces.