This is a featured article. Click here for more information. Prince Hanzoku terrorized by a nine-tailed fox. While some folktales speak of magical items in mythology pdf employing this ability to trick others— as foxes in folklore often do— other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.
The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make sacrifices to them as to a deity. The nine-tailed foxes came to be adapted as a motif from Chinese mythology to Japanese mythology. Japanese folklore through similar Chinese stories, but she maintains that some fox stories contain elements unique to Japan. The full etymology is unknown.
He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono’s dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled. You may be a fox,” Ono called after her, “but you are the mother of my son and I love you. So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.
Because the fox returns to her husband each night as a woman but leaves each morning as a fox, she is called Kitsune. Kitsune are believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers. Local traditions add further types. 19th century depicts a kitsune. The associated game involves matching clues from folklore to pictures of specific creatures. Physically, kitsune are noted for having as many as nine tails.