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Bannik (derived from rus. баня [banya] "bathhouse") — is the main spirit of the bathhouse in slavic mythology. Because of bathhouse's reputation as the place of inhabitance for the evil spirits (it was deeply connected with the most important events in human life — birth and death), bannik was traditionally seen as hostile to people. Therefore there were a lot of rituals and key-phrases, which had to be performed to please him. If anyone neglected the ritual or behave inappropriately, bannik could suffocate with carbon monoxide gas, boil alive or drown the person. However, he loved pranks and often scared people just for fun. Despite the fact that bannik clearly wasn't a kind spirit, it was believed that in his absence bathhouse would get even more dangerous (remember, favorite place among evil creatures). That's why in case of resettlement people respectfully asked bannik to go with them, same as they did with Domovoy, the spirit of the household.

Oh, and he could turn into a cat, 
And pinched girl's butts during Christmas divinations
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Банник — основной банный дух в славянском фольклоре. Так как баня традиционно считалась основным местом обитания злых духов в доме (она была тесно связана с самыми важными ритуалами в жизни человека) банника обычно воспринимали как враждебного духа. В связи с этим существовало множество обрядов и поговорок, исполняемых с целью задобрить банного хозяина. За "неуважение" к обычаям банник мог утопить, сварить заживо, отравить, украсть детей. Несмотря на то, что банник не являлся добрым духом, без него баня становилась еще более опасным местом, а потому его, как и домового, "брали с собой" в случае переезда.
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Trekkicat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
my cat pinched me in the butt a day ago o_o .........
could he be.....?
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student General Artist
If it comes from the bathhouse, everything is possible… >:3
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Trekkicat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
no...it was in the kitchen ^^
I was cooking spaghetti and something fell on the floor. I was bending down when my cat hid under the table, on a chair...and then I screamed LOL
he was playing but it still hurt
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
I like his face expression
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you)
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BrandonLoucksArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work and thanks for the folklore!
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks you for showing interest)
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Leonca Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Wow, you can really tell how important the bathhouse was by the presence of stories like this. I love the subtle feline hints you included in the design. =)

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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you!)
Indeed it was. After all, it was was used as a place for the birthgiving and the ablution of the deceased.

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ArtKosh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015   Traditional Artist
Замечательный Банник!
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Благодарю)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really interesting!! and I like your design for him!!
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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