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Cloacina, {Queen-of-Sewage}.
Alternate meanings: {Queen-of-Sewers}
[to Whom the eighteenth day of August, day 230, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Roman. She had a temple in the Forum.
Linguistic Note: Related English word; cloaca, from Latin cloaca, French cluere, 'to purge', with meanings: 1) An underground conduit for drainage, a sewer. 2. A privy or water-closet. 3. The common excrementory cavity at the end of the intestinal canal in birds, reptiles, most fishes and the monotremate mammals. {I always thought the cloak room, the term I grew up with as a polite reference to the privy, was a euphemism refering to a room where one might leave cloaks and coats etc.}
Description: Beneficent Goddess of efficient drainage systems; {Protectress of the alimentary canal, especially the cecum and colon}; {She Whose concern is with the healthful return of waste materials to earth}; {Matron of plumbers}; Overseer of state drains and sewage farms.
To Whom Sacred: {cassia (Senna) -- for its cathartic properties}; the Cloaca Maxima (greatest of the Roman sewers, which drained the Forum); {drains in general}.

Source: COED/Cloaca; GM.SP/24. worked on: August, July 1995; August 1991; July 1990.

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