The Russian Vodanyoi inhabits millponds and millponds only, making him a unique guy.
A millpond is a pond that’s attached to a mill–a building that houses a device for grinding grain. Waterpower runs the machine. It was an important part of life in the days when you couldn’t run to the store for a bag of Robin Hood.
An old man with a scummy green beard, the Vodanyoi has a fishy tail and is responsible for local drownings. Some say he used to be an angel, but was cast out by the Archangel Michael. Now he lives in a shining palace built at the bottom of the pond.
Not all humans are on his bad side. He will take to the mill owner, and maybe some local fishermen if they behave themselves, sometimes offering him bread, salt, tobacco, and vodka. Or maybe a live chicken or rooster.
- Prudence Jones, Nigel Pennick; A history of pagan Europe, Routledge, 1997
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
by Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack