Toilet god, sewer goddess, and the god of dung, are the variety of gods that ancient Rome had. Their sewer goddess was named Cloacina, whose origin was Latin’s cloaca, which is sewer. Titus Tatius a Roman ruler, made a shrine in his toilet for her. The goddess would be invoked if the sewers were backed up or blocked. The god of dung was known as Stercutius, originating from stercus, meaning excrement. For the farmers, he was important to the making manure on their farms. Stercutius and Saturn, the god of agriculture, were closely related. Stercutius was the target of early Christian’s mockery in City of God, a book by St. Augustine of Hippo, written in 5th century AD.
The Roman’s toilet god was known as Crepitus. He was also the god of flatulence and if one suffered constipation or diarrhea he was invoked.
New Zealand also was not left behind. The native Maori people had their own peculiar focus on the village latrine. Biting the structure of a latrine when a warrior felt faint or sick would transfer any bad qualities to its origin. The many gods were believed to visit the latrines as the excrement was believed to be food for the dead. Gross!
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