- Domovoi - Dvorovoi - Bannik - Ovinnik -
- Leshy - Polevik - Vodyanoi
- Rusalka -
'Voda' means 'water'. Therefore Vodyanoi was the spirit of all forms of
water like lakes, pools, rivers and little streams. He was considered to
be very dangerous. He especially enjoyed living near mill wheels.
Some pictured Vodyanoi as having a human face, paws, horns, a tail and
glowing eyes of fire. Some gave them the characteristics of a black creature
with large red eyes and a huge nose. To some he was an old man with a color
changing beard or a large fish-like thing covered in water plants. Sometimes
he was even a she, with the aspect of a naked woman.
Although he was mortal his age was said to change with the phases of the
moon. The Vodyanoi disliked humans. During the day he would rest in his
crystal palace. At night he caught anyone found bathing and enslaved him
or her to work in his palace.
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