Yard inhabitants in the Slavic tradition

The Russians believed that Domovoi / Dvorovoi (derived from “dvor” – yard) lived in the yard, and that the welfare of livestock and poultry depended on him. He had to be appeased, and even the choice of animals when buying and selling was connected with his supposed “taste.” In the Kostroma region, in order to protect the newly purchased cattle from Dvorovoi, people took bread and salt and went into the yard, where they bowed and said: “Father, Dvorovoi, dear yard keeper, love our cattle.”

In Polish Pomerania, it was believed that after sunset the souls of the dead wander in the yard. Therefore, in the evening, one cannot pour water into the yard, especially on memorial days, otherwise you can pour over the spirits. After sunset, the Kashubs did not take water from the well, did not throw out garbage, did not let the dogs off the leash, did not stand under the roof by the drain during the rain. The Belarusians and Bulgarians did not use the baby bedsheets that were accidentally left in the yard after sunset. And Slavs in the Carpathian region, did not sleep in the yard on Rozygry day (the Monday which followed the Rusalia Week), because at that time the spirits living in the forest circle around the houses and can drag a sleeping person into the forest.

What other mythological tenants or visitors to the yard do you know?

To be continued…
Artist: Ivan Shishkin