These are domestic guardians for your dwelling or domain. A Domovoi lives under your doorstep and acts as a watchman, smoke alarm etc.
Your Domovoi is a hairy bearded character something like a brownie. He is benevolent and kind — provided that you keep the house clean and do not swear. And always leave a spare snack in the fridge.
Like a slightly disreputable Big Brother, he is always watching you from behind the scenes. Don’t offend him or he could burn your house down. He likes doing things like that.
If you feel you can live without the services of your Domovoi, there is not a lot you can do — apart from getting violent with a broom. His partner in the household irritation business is Kikimora. And it doesn’t stop there — his cousins are everywhere. Bannik is in your bathroom, Dvorovoi does much the same in your back yard and there is also Ovinnik threshing around somewhere. Just hope you don’t have an infestation.
Domovoi Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Dĕdek, Domania, Domovik, Domovoy
Area or people: Russia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Domestic Protection
Area of expertise: Security, Domestic Protection
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1574
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Article last revised on May 25, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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