Outhouse Deity(厕神)

Outhouse Deity

Headword

측신 ( 厕神 , Cheuksin )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Divinities

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

Cheuksin is a goddess believed to reside in the outhouse.

The deity is known to be fierce and hostile. Since old-fashioned outhouses were dark and dank, incidents related to outhouses were considered as attacks from evil forces, resulting in a curse (sal). This was why in the past, when one fell into the waste at the outhouse, or into a compost box or pile, a simple ritual was called for, with an offering of fresh rice cake.

Cheuksingaksi, or Outhouse Deity Maiden, has long hair, and when someone enters the outhouse, in a startle she chokes the person’s neck with her locks, which results in an illness so grave no shaman or healing ritual is able to cure it. This was why one needs to make coughing noises before entering the outhouse. Cheuksin resides on the grounds of the house, but is not worshipped on a regular basis. Instead, small offerings are made after memorial services or when special foods are prepared in the house, in the form of small morsels torn off and offered as they are, without using vessels to serve them. Cheuksin is also addressed as Cheuksingaksi, as noted above, or Cheuksinbuin (Outhouse Deity Mistress), which are attempted as honorifics to appease the hostile goddess and protect from harm.

Outhouse Deity

Outhouse Deity
Headword

측신 ( 厕神 , Cheuksin )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Divinities

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

Cheuksin is a goddess believed to reside in the outhouse.

The deity is known to be fierce and hostile. Since old-fashioned outhouses were dark and dank, incidents related to outhouses were considered as attacks from evil forces, resulting in a curse (sal). This was why in the past, when one fell into the waste at the outhouse, or into a compost box or pile, a simple ritual was called for, with an offering of fresh rice cake.

Cheuksingaksi, or Outhouse Deity Maiden, has long hair, and when someone enters the outhouse, in a startle she chokes the person’s neck with her locks, which results in an illness so grave no shaman or healing ritual is able to cure it. This was why one needs to make coughing noises before entering the outhouse. Cheuksin resides on the grounds of the house, but is not worshipped on a regular basis. Instead, small offerings are made after memorial services or when special foods are prepared in the house, in the form of small morsels torn off and offered as they are, without using vessels to serve them. Cheuksin is also addressed as Cheuksingaksi, as noted above, or Cheuksinbuin (Outhouse Deity Mistress), which are attempted as honorifics to appease the hostile goddess and protect from harm.