The Most Bizarre Gods of the Ancient World

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4. The global pantheon of toilet gods



Almost all ancient religions had a god of pooping. In Japan, for instance, there are dozens of deities and spirits that encourage these natural biological processes. The Chinese worshiped Zi-Gu, the goddess of pooping. Women would draw depictions of her in the toilet, while in turn expecting her to answer their questions, as they gave tribute to further expand her cult.

The Babylonians worshiped the god Shed Bet Ksa - the vengeful god of the latrines, who punished anyone daring enough to have sex near the toilet by cursing them with epilepsy. The Romans had 2 similar gods - Sterquilinus - the god of manure, and Cloacina - goddess of the sewer system.

Ancient religions contain numerous gods and deities. The world was an unexplored and frightful place. As such, humans had deities for just about everything to worship. When they witnessed terrifying thunder in the sky, the ancients began to kneel before the god of thunder.

But this practice was not limited to powerful natural phenomena, which could change life with their fury. Over time, people began to worship deities that reigned over even the little things in everyday life.

Certain religions developed to the point where their followers had to memorize literally hundreds of deities. Some of these were beyond ridiculous and even hilarious. Read on to find out more.

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