S: Sao-qing niang-niang

S: Sao-qing niang-niang

Sao-qing niang-niang is the Chinese mother goddess of fair weather. She is one of a nonad of protective mother-goddesses. Her name translates simply to “woman who sweeps everything clean.” Sao-qing niang-niang is tasked with clearing the sky of clouds after the rain, thus preventing floods and preserving crops. Images of her are cut from paper and then attached to rooftops after storms; there the wind shakes the images and causes her to sweep the sky clean.