The fox is a curious mythological figure, almost universally representing sexual desire, cunning, and trickery, and while fox status in relation to humans ranges from benign to malevolent, Far Eastern myths of the fox spirit are peculiarly tinged with...
Huli jing Chinese: Nine-tailed foxes appear in Chinese folklore, literature, and mythology, in which, depending on the tale can be a good or a bad omen. During the Han dynasty, the development of ideas about interspecies transformation had taken place in Chinese culture. The foxes there have four legs and nine tails. According to another version, it is located north of Sunrise Valley. In chapter 14 of the Shanhaijing , Guo Pu had commented that the nine-tailed fox was an auspicious omen that appeared during times of peace. There is a beast here whose form resembles a fox with nine tails.
An essay by Galen Jang the original webpage is no longer available except through the archive. All that I have learned about fox spirits are from magazine articles as well as stories from my grandparents, so this is by no way an authorative account. Anyone who knows more is welcome to contribute.
At the age of a hundred, it can change into a beautiful girl or a wizard or a man who seduces women; it can know about happenings a thousand li distant; it can bewitch people, leading them astray and causing them to lose their wits.
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