"The Bannick are bath-spirits; they’re obsessed with cleanliness, and Faerie being what it is, they can sometimes enforce their own ideas about hygiene. Nothing cleans a person like a Bannick."
Bannicks are friendly fae that love to clean. While not like Hobs, they can also clean spills and messes. Physically, their teeth are sharp, mossy, and definitely unsettling.
- Elliott, ALH employee and seneschal of Tamed Lightning
- Unknown bannick, friend of Danny the Bridge Troll
Bannick Mythology Edit
Spirit of the bathhouse (bania) in Russian and Ukrainian folklore; at times, the bannik had a female companion, known as the bannaia or bainikha. Because the bathhouse was seen as a potentially unclean and dangerous place, the bannik was perceived as a capricious, sometimes harmful, household spirit. An angry bannik could cause one to suffocate in the steam of the bathhouse or simply make the structure burn down; women who bathed alone ran the risk of being spied on by the bannik as they undressed. As a result, Slavic peasants did not hang icons in the bathhouse or wear crosses into the bath; they also avoided bathing singly or at night. When a child was born in the bathhouse (a common occurrence), the mother and baby were watched carefully, to prevent the bannik from carrying away the unbaptized infant.
To propitiate the bannik, peasants often thanked him upon exiting the bathhouse; they also left offerings of soap, water, and fir branches. Like most household spirits, the bannik could tell fortunes. During the Yuletide season, girls and young women would gather in the bathhouse to consult the bannik about the new year by allowing him to touch them from behind. A warm, soft touch foretold happiness; a cold, prickly touch was a warning of ill fortune.
See Also Edit
External References Edit
- Bannik (Slavic Mythology) | Myth and Lore
- Slavic Legendary Creatures | "Spiritual Totatema" prj.
- The Bestiary | the blog dedicated to monsters, madness, and the men that make them.
- Bannik - Wikipedia
- Bannik mythical creature: Myth Beasts
- Nøkk & Myling: Slavic Folklore II: Urban Spirits, Demons, and Creatures
- BANNIK - the Slavic Demon (Slavic mythology)