Kikimora

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  • #1861
  • Eastern European Eastern European (culture)
  • Domestic Domestic (attribute)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Friendly and Dangerous Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
  • Fairies and Nymphs Fairies and Nymphs (common type)

A household lady fairy of Eastern Europe who looks like any other woman but with a small head and skinny body.

They help the people around the house by doing daily tasks and enjoy herding cattle. She comes out at night to spin cloth but anyone seeing her do this will soon die afterwards. The Kikimora also keep people awake at night by tickling them in their sleep and making whistling noises. If one is angered by this, they can be calmed by washing the pots in the house with a tea made from ferns.

The dual behavior 'observed' in this creature depends on how good is the house-keeping. If the housewife is doing a good job, the Kikimora helps the way you described plus it gives good night sleep to the children. However, if the house is kept untidy, the Kikimora howls all night long and wakes the children up bu tearing their hairs. It's believed that the Kikimora is the spirit of the late mother-in-law who keeps an eye on her daughter-in-law.

Some believe that Kikimora is actually the Domovikha despite the fact that the Domovikha is specifically described as having a beak of a chicken.

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