The Ovinnik is a malevolent spirit of the threshing house in Slavic folklore. He is prone to burning down the threshing houses by setting fire to the grain. To placate him, peasants would offer him roosters and bliny. On New Year's Eve, the touch of an Ovinnik would determine their fortune for the New Year. A warm touch meant good luck and fortune, while a cold touch meant unhappiness.
- Linda J. Ivanits (1992), Russian Folk Belief (illustrated ed.), M.E. Sharpe, p. 58, ISBN 9780873328890, http://books.google.com/?id=-s36xYcqG1EC&pg=PA58&dq=Ovinnik
- Janet Parker; Alice Mills; Julie Stanton (2007), Mythology: Myths, Legends & Fantasies, Struik Publishers, p. 262, ISBN 9781770074538, http://books.google.com/?id=p7dR2w1Wv2sC&pg=PA262&dq=Ovinnik#PPA263,M1
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