- Eastern European (culture)
- Domestic (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
Bathhouse spirits of Russia. They haunt those who go alone to bathhouses keep themselves at bay when groups go. They make hissing noises an take the form of a family member to those that catch a glimpse of them. If they caress you will in the bath then this is good luck but if they scratch your back then this brings misfortune. People feared that the Banninks would take children left out of sight. It was tradition to leave a bathhouse after the third heating of the pool so that the Banniks could have their own bath.
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