A domovoi (dom=a house) is a house spirit, a masculine one, usually rather short, old and very hairy.
They also have a long grey beard and tails or horns and live with people.
They are believed in the Russian folklore to be the masters of the house they inhabit.
A domovoi usually helps the family with domestic chores, of course, if he’s treated well (given milk and biscuits or bread), and guards the house.
Some people say that a domovoi can turn into cats and dogs, and...
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