Monday, March 24, 2014

Nine Tailed Fox Japanese Myth Creature-

Nine Tailed Fox Japanese Mythical Creature-
Kitsune-
I thought I would do another Mythical Creature on the 
Japanese Culture, do to that my son has been playing one of his favorite 
Video Game of Naruto facing Evil version of Nine Tails 
Video Games Naruto who faces the Creature both as a
newborn with his parents/ and later as a 
young boy to learns to defeat the Nine Tailed Fox; basis on one of the Japanese Mythical Creatures, but I thought there was much more 
to that Mythical Creature than that. So I decided to do a post on this interesting Japanese Mythical Creature-
The Creature is the Nine Tailed Fox in the Japanese Culture:
 In Asian mythology the Nine tailed fox is described as being a cunning creature. It is said it will grow
nine tails as it ages.The ninth tail is the highest number of tails that the fox can grow.
In the Culture it is said, that the fox has been known to been a trickster by taking the form of a
beautiful young woman, like that 'a bride before her wedding day'.  It has been found that in
one account that the Fox transformed himself into a young prince to deduce a maiden. This was the
one account that was recorded when where it turned into a male. However, even though it takes the
appearance of a human, there is always something noticeably fox-like about the transformation of the Nine
tailed Fox spirit.  In some pictures, the Fox will trans formed fox will keeps its tails exposed. In others , the woman's shadow will take the form of the fox.
Apparently there are similarities between the Asian culture and the Kitsune.  What this means is
Kitsune from Japanese folklore and are Japanese Foxes
Kitsune are from Japanese folklore and are Japanese foxes:
 A Kitsune can have up to nine tails, depending on its age, wisdom and his power. The only way
to kill a Kitsune is to cut off all nine of its tails, as it is said that one of the tails is its main tail and the
source of all is its power. So not knowing which tail is the main one, one would have to
cut off all its tail to kill it. It is said the One, five, seven and nine tails are the most common numbers
in folklore stories in the Japaneses Culture. When a Kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or golden.
Now a kitsune is also a shapeshifter too and will usually reach this at the age of 100years old. At this age of an 100 years old the Nine tail will also learn the ability to take on a human form, thus they have to be a fox for a hundred years before they can shapeshift from a fox to a human back again to their normal form the nine tail fox.
When he reaches 100 years, he can duplicate any other human being that he choose too. In other words he can shapeshift into the look-a-likes of many different people. This could be either male or female, but he usually take on the forms of the young Japanese girls, beautiful Japanese women and older men. This is what make the Nine Tailed Fox so dangerous. You never really know if the fox's spirit has taken over
someone you know. The only hint of the fox, on the persons body is so minuet that it is almost impossible to tell if the Kitsune has taken over someone you love. This is one of the parts that makes the Nine tail very dangerous and sometimes Evil. 
The Kitsune are believed to possess superior intelligence, long life and magical powers. They have a type of
spiritual entity and the word kitsune is often translated as fox spirit.
Zenko Fox
However, this doesn't mean that Kitsune are ghosts, nor that they are fundamentally different from regular foxes. Because the word spirit is used to reflect a state of knowledge or enlightenment, all long-lived foxes gain their supernatural abilities.  I hope I haven't lost you so far . I know this Nine Tail is a bit more difficult to understand than others Mythical Creatures. But I do understand that some of the creatures that i do may or may not be more confusing.. Yet in the end result I have found that it becomes a very interesting piece of writing:o)
Onward- There are really two common Kitsune. The [Zenko善狐]. which mean the [GOOD FOXES].  
 These foxes basically are benevolent, celestial foxes which are associated with the God Inari; they are sometimes simply called Inari Foxes.
Now, on the other side of the coin you have the [Yako
Yako Foxs
狐].
which is literally called field foxes, and also called nogitsune; These foxes tend to be very mischievous and even malicious, evil.
For an example, a ninko is an invisible fox spirit that a human beings can only perceive when it possesses
them. The Kitsune has thirteen types of supernatural abilities that he possesses. Besides supernatural abilities, they also have the ability to see and hear anything that happens anywhere in the world  Other supernatural abilities that the Kitsune include are possession  of mouths or tails that generate fire or lighting [ known as kitsune-bi or fox-fire], wilful manifestation in the dreams of others mainly humans, flight invisibility and the creation of illusions so elaborated as to be almost indistinguishable from reality. Some tales even speak of kitsune with even greater powers of being able to bend time and space, drive people mad or even take fantasise shapes such as a tree of incredible height  or a second moon in the sky. Some of the other powers they have & possessions they have are called
Kitsune balls or Star Balls.
Yako-field fox
These are what you could call Nine Tailed or the Kitsunes prized possession. What they are simply is a small white-gold ball of light if you will. It is in a since their life force in a ball form. And if you can get your hands
on a Nine-Tail or Kitsune Star ball, You would be able to control the KITSUNE OR NINE-TAIL FOX  AND MAKE IT DO YOUR BIDDING..
But with power there is responsibility, especially with the Nine-Tailed or Kitsune. If he is been stripped of his freedom and has lost his Kitsune Star ball you could be in serous danger. Because you could be sure that the Kitsune will get his star ball back and when he does there will be serious repercussions for you to deal with
when he has it. I am sure the Nine-Tail will become the Yako- field fox. Which is quite malicious & Evil.
Other Kitsune have characteristics reminiscent of an vampires or even a succubi and will feed on the life or spirit of the human beings that they have over come. generally through sexual contact.  Besides being able to feed of their human host, there are believe it or not Thirteen different kinda Kitsune/ each of these correspond with a type of Element too; Heaven or Celestial, Void or Dark, Wind, Earth,Fire, River, Ocean, Mountain, Forest, Thunder, Time & Sound, One of the most important things to a Kitsune is freedom.
They do not fare well at all! being locked away, and do not like to be forced to do something they don't want to do. Doing something like that would be likely to get you killed if they are freed [the Kitsune]. Kitsune loved to play tricks. They like
take things and hide them from people or just about anything to piss  humans off.
In some stories it is said the the nine-tail have a great difficulty hiding their tail when they take on the human
form; looking for the tail, perhaps when the fox gets drunk or careless, is a common method of discerning the
creatures true nature. although one must be very careful when one does this. Variants may also show when they take a human form through such traits as the coating of the fox's fine hair! the fox-shaped shadow or even a reflection that will show its true form. Other ways is in the face of the human females that they take as host. The Nine-tails prefer to pick females who have a narrow face with close-set eyes thin eyebrows and high cheekbones. Traditionally, this facial structure is considered attractive and in some tales ascribe to foxes in human form.
Nine-Tails have a fear and hatred of dogs even while in the human form, and some become so rattled by the
presence of the dog that they revert to their fox form and will flee.
Kitsunetsuki- what this means is literally the state of being possessed by a Nine-Tail fox. The victim is always it seems now after doing this post a young woman, whom the fox enters beneath her fingernails or through her breasts. In some cases the victims facial expression are said to have change in such away that they resemble those of a fox.
Exorcism, were often performed at an Inari shrine to induce a Nine-Tail to leave its host if its possessing someone. In the past, when such measures would failed or a priest was into available  victims of the
kitsunetsuki were beaten or badly burned in hopes of forcing the Nine-Tail to leave the body.
Entire families were ostracized by their communities after a member of the family was thought to be
possessed by an Kitsune.
In Japan, Kitsunetsuki was noted as a disease as early as the Heian period and remained a common
diagnosis for mental illness until the early 20th century. Possession was the explanation for the abnormal behavior displayed by the afflicted individuals who had the Kitsune within them. In the later 19th century, 

Dr. Shunichi Shimanura noted that physical diseases that caused fever were often considered by the
kitsunetsuki.
This belief has lost favor, over the years, but the stories of the fox possession still appeared in the tabloid
pressed and popular media. One notable occasion involved allegations that members of the Aum Shinrikyo
cult had been possessed.
In Medicine, the kitsunetsuki is an ethnic psychosis unique to the Japaneses Culture. Those who suffer
from the condition believe they are possessed by a kitsunetsuki or nine-tailed fox.
Symptoms include cravings for rice or sweet beans, listlessness, restlessness and aversion to eye contact.
Kitsunetsuki is similar to but distinct from clinical lycanthropy.
It is said that other kitsune can use their magic for the benefit of their host as long as the human beings treat them with respect or its the Yokai Fox. Not the Yako Fox!
It seems in the day of the samurai. These families were often reputed to share similar arrangements with
a kitsune, but these foxes were considered zenko and would use their magic as sign of prestige. Abandoned
homes in japan were common haunts for kitsune.
The Kitsune will commonly portray as an lover. Usually what has happened in these old ancient stories is a
young Japanese male and a kitsune who has taken the form of a japanese young woman. The kitsune is usually the seductress, but these ancient stories are more often romantic in nature.
Typically what happens the young man will unknowing marry the fox, who proves a devoted wife.
The man eventually discovers the fox's true nature, and then the fox-wife is forced to leave him.
Although is some cases, the husband will wake as if from a dream, filthy, disoriented and far from home.
He must then return to confront his abandoned family in shame. And in the Japanese Tradition that can be very difficult. In some stories, it tells of fox-wives bearing children. When such a progeny are human, they possess special they possess special physical or supernatural qualities that often pass to their own children.
I even heard of stories of kitsune's marrying one another. And this is called kitsune no yomeiri or the Kitsune's Wedding. Which is referred  to a folktale wedding ceremony between the creatures being held during such conditions -Rain falling from a clear sky - a Sunshower. The event is considered a good omen, but the kitsune will seek revenge on any uninvited guest, as it is depicted in Dreams.
 There is an Korea Fox known as the Gumiho. In another post I will cover this interesting Creature..
I hope that you will find this to be an interesting mythical Creature of Japanese Culture.
I found it quite interesting although it was a bit confuessing at times too.





















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