Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

LAVATORY LADIES

Chinese Toilet Goddesses

Also known as Keng Sanguo, K'eng San-Kuo, San Gu, San-Ku, Keng San Guniang, Keng San Ku-niang, Toilet Ladies

Deities of Toilets, Latrines, Lavatories

They also dabble in Outhouses, WCs, Restrooms, Closets and Washrooms. Don’t mock. It’s the sign of a closed mind. What do you know about Chinese toilets?

Few people outside the country know that China had toilet paper and flushing while the rest of us were still wiping ourselves with leaves. Of course, only the Emperor could afford such luxury. Ordinary peasants had to make do with holes in the ground. Little has changed in that respect, but the government are working on it.

More worryingly, your visit to a Chinese restroom may contain an unexpected surprise — it may be haunted by a Toilet Goddess. These generally seem to be mortal ladies who have suffered some terrible toilet-related misfortune and been deified as a result.

At least two are known by name: Zigu Shen and Lady Qi. There may well be others. Any reported sightings gratefully received. Some sources refer to The Three Daughters Of The Toilet or The Three Lavatory Ladies, but Chinese is a notoriously slippery language and these might just be some kind of pun. We are not fans of toilet humor under any circumstances.

Lavatory Ladies Facts and Figures

Name: Lavatory Ladies
Pronunciation: Sarn Goo
Alternative names: Keng Sanguo, K'eng San-Kuo, San Gu, San-Ku, Keng San Guniang, Keng San Ku-niang, Toilet Ladies

Gender: Female
Type: Goddesses
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Lavatories
Area of expertise: Toilets

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