Scripts 后土(Chinese, Japanese Kanji)
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Meaning & History
From a combination of the characters 后 (hou, meaning “queen”) and 土 (tu, meaning “earth”). Houtu was the Chinese goddess of the earth who regulated all life above ground. In earlier Chinese texts she was also a goddess of the underworld, but later she was absorbed into the Daoist religion and became one of the main deities assisting the rule of YUDI.