In Annamese belief, the house guardian who resides in the lime jug. Such a jug can be found in every household and is used to store the lime that is used in preparing betel pellets. If a jug breaks, it forebodes the death of a family member. The pieces and a new jug are then carefully placed on or under the trees near a pagoda in order to propitiate the Chu-nhà, who then takes up residence in the new jug.



  • Leach, Maria, ed. (1984). Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. New York: HarperCollins.