Pig toilet

Model of toilet with pigsty (China, Eastern Han dynasty 25 - 220 AD).

A pig toilet (sometimes called a "pig sty latrine") is a simple type of dry toilet consisting of an outhouse mounted over a pigsty, with a chute or hole connecting the two. The pigs consume the feces of the users of the toilet, as well as other food.

Pig toilets (Chinese: 猪圈毛坑) were once common in rural China, where a single Chinese ideogram (Chinese: ; pinyin: hùn) signifies both "pigsty" and "privy".[1] Funerary models of pig toilets from the Han dynasty (206 BC to AD 220) prove that it was an ancient custom.[2] These arrangements have been strongly discouraged by the Chinese authorities in recent years;[3] although as late as 2005, they could still be found in remote northern provinces.[4]

A fuuru (pig toilet) in early 20th century Okinawa

Chinese influence may have spread the use of pig toilets to Okinawa (Okinawan: ふーる (fūru) / 風呂) before World War II.[5]

Pig toilets were also used in parts of India such as Goa.[6]

On Jejudo, a volcanic island of South Korea that is home to a breed of black pig, the pig toilets were known as dottongsi (Korean: 돗통시).[7] These pigsty toilets were in use in the 1960s.[8]

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