Monster of the Week: Huli Jing

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After aging for 1,000 years, a huli jing becomes a jiuwei hu (nine-tailed fox)

Accounts of foxes with supernatural powers have existed for millennia. The huli jing (狐狸精 húlijīng) is a fox spirit that arose out of Chinese traditions, predating the Japanese kitsune and Korean kumiho. Despite attempts to suppress the practice, the huli jing was venerated at household shrines throughout China for many centuries.

The fox can be a force of benevolence or malevolence, depending on its individual nature, thus the intentions of these mischievous creatures are suspect when they interact with humans. A huli jing may attempt seduction to steal human essence, curse those they seek vengeance against, reward worshippers with wealth, or provide sage guidance.

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A Fox Short: Rescuing Ghosts

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RescuingGhostsWith the silence within you,
With the darkness around you,
The ghosts can talk with no fear,
hoping you can hear.

We are always glad to find good fox-related digital art. “Rescuing Ghosts” is a poignant, wordless animated short about a vixen by furry artist Tirrel featuring music by composer Fox Amoore. Continue reading

Kitsune: A Short Film about a Boy and a Fox

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kitsune microshortKitsune is the first short film in a new series, Collisions Project, by Benedict Sanderson. A collision is described as “an event in which two or more bodies exert forces on each other for a relatively short time.” The first of these microshorts, Kitsune, stars Sagar Radia and a very compelling fox who has a brief, but meaningful, interaction with the young man. Kitsune are similar to wild foxes, except for their supernatural powers. Keep an eye for more microshorts from the Collisions Project at vimeo. Kitsune shows how just how significant just a few moments can be in a person’s life.

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Monster of the Week: Kitsune

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Stone Kitsune. Image from Japan Travel Guide

Kitsune are mischievious fox spirits. The term kitsune means “fox” in Japanese, but when used in English it refers to the mystical foxes of Japanese folklore. Kitsune are a type of yōkai, a creature with supernatural abilities. They are similar to the wild foxes found throughout the world, but for their magical powers. Continue reading

Another Supernatural Fox Sister

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Fox Sisters panelThe excellent and scary webcomic The Fox Sister has its roots in a Korean fairy tale of the same name. The comic, still in progress and updated on Tuesdays (when the artists are not too busy with other things!), is set in Seoul in the late 1960s. It is the story of a young Mugyo priestess and her battle with a kumiho—a nine-tailed werevixen demon. Continue reading