Bannik

Bannik is the bathhouse spirit in Slavic mythology. Bathhouses resembled saunas that had an inner steaming room and an outer changing room. A place where women gave birth and practiced divinations, the bathhouse was strongly endowed with vital forces. The third firing (or fourth, depending on tradition) was the offering to the Bannik, and no Christian images were allowed as it might offend the occupants. Bannik had the ability to predict the future.

ee also

*Bagiennik
*Slavic creatures of folklore


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