Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Suijin-sama, the Sewage Spirit

I had reason to look up some kappa references for a friend, which meant taking a mosey through pages of Japanese water-spirit lore.  Therein I found something more fascinating than the kappa.  Apparently there is a type of Suijin-sama that specializes in cleaning up sewage.  It manifests as beneficial bacteria.

I'm thinking this would be a really, really useful spirit to befriend.  Most spirits like to be paid attention to.  Living out in the country, we have a septic tank rather than a sewer line, so keeping the beneficial bacteria happy is a Good Thing.  I didn't have any luck turning up a carved Suijin-sama stone, but at least the pictures on the site are clear enough that I can probably copy the writing with a brush.
Tags: magic, spirituality
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