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The Dvorovoi (Russian: Дворово́й) is a Slavic spirit of the courtyard. It was associated with a farmstead's grounds, cattle shed, and stable.[1] The dvorovoi is similar to the house spirit domovoi, though it was less benevolent.[2] A dvorovoi was considered more dangerous than a domovoi as it could pose a threat to livestock, particularly animals with white fur.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Dixon-kennedy, Mike (1998). Encyclopedia of Russian & Slavic myth and legend. ABC-CLIO. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-57607-130-4.
  2. ^ a b Parker, Janet; Mills, Alice; Stanton, Julie (2007). Mythology: Myths, Legends and Fantasies. Struik. p. 262. ISBN 978-1-77007-453-8.