Monster of the Week: Kumiho

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The Kumiho is a Korean nine-tailed fox. Image: Gumiho by canitiem at deviant art.

The Kumiho is a Korean nine-tailed fox.
Image: Gumiho by canitiem at deviant art.

The Kumiho (구미호), or Gumiho*, is a nine-tailed fox spirit. In Korean tradition foxes that have lived for a thousand years, accumulating a great deal of energy, turn into Kumiho. The Kumiho is similar to other fox creatures, such as the Japanese kitsune and Chinese huli jing. Though they have similar magical abilities and longevity, Kumiho are more malevolent than other fox spirits. Of these long-lived legendary creatures, the Kumiho is the only fox that kills and eats humans.

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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

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