Domovoi


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Domovoi

 

or house spirit; in the religious beliefs of Slavic and certain other peoples, a “spirit” that resides in a house. Belief in domovye is a survival of primitive family-clan cults. Other names include, among the Russians, dedko, khoziain, domozhil, and susedko; among the Beylorussians, khatnik and gospodar; among the Ukrainians, khatnii didko; among the Poles, chowaniec; and among the Czechs, skřitek and rarášek. According to these beliefs domovye not only protect the house but sometimes punish people for violating customs and showing disrespect, smother them in their sleep, frighten them, and so forth. Certain rituals are connected with the belief in domovye, including feeding the domovye and inviting them to a housewarming celebration.

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Por ejemplo, el castillo subterraneo donde vive la familia de su protagonista se llama Cimeria, como el mundo neblinoso y lobrego creado por Homero; los domovoi, guardianes de los castillos y palacios, espiritus que merodean por las tuberias y el drenaje, son, segun el indispensable volumen Mitologia General, coordinado por Felix Guirand, un ente domestico de la mitologia eslava; la tienda de sombreros frecuentada por la tia Titania se llama La cabeza de Bran.
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