Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Mythical Creatures

KITSUNE
(Fox Spirit)


FACTS
  • Possess long live, great intelligence and  magical powers
  • Can shapechange into human form, usually they can do this at around age 100 (some say 50)
  • Kitsune usually take the shape of a beautiful woman, a young girl or an old man. Usually never an old woman.
  • There are 2 types of Kitsune - The Myobu or celestial fox, a benevolent fox associated with Inari (god of rice) and the malevelant Nogitsune or wild fox.
  • Kitsune are noted for thier many tails, generally an older fox will have more tails then a younger one. Though most depictions in folk stories show them as having one, five or nine. never any other number.
  • When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes silver, white, or gold and gain infinite vision.
  • Kitsune are known as tricksters however, it will always keep a promise and strive to repay any favor it owes
  • Kitsune are also commonly portrayed as lovers. These love stories usually involve a young human male and a kitsune who takes the form of a woman
  • Kitsuneki - the thought of being possessed by a Kitsune
Kitsune in books
        Storm Born by Richelle Mead - A male Kitsune (Kiyo) becomes a love interest.
        The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson - The main woman charactor is a Kitsune
        Hunters Moon by Gary Killworth - Seems to be a novel about a Fox throught her life, and encounters with humans.
       The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman - The main charactor is a Kitsune (this is a graphic novel)

2 Comments:

  1. Kristina Barnes♥ said...
    There's also a kitsune in The Vampire Diaries. They only appear in one book, but it's very prevalent. I forget which book, ugh... I can't remember specifics on the kitsune from The VD (I read it a long time ago), but I think they were they evil kind.

    I haven't heard of any of those books, except Storm Born by Richelle Mead. Since I love Richelle anywhoo, I think I might pick that up. :D

    But yeah, this post was great, because while I knew kitsunes were fox, I didn't know much else. Do you know how a kitsune gains more tails?
    Mad Scientist said...
    I do love to find some good knowledge sometimes.

    Thanks for posting :)

    Mad Scientist
    http://madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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