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Are Kitsune and Huli jing the same?

They are not really the same. In fact, they are not both fox spirits with nine tails. Left: A nine-tailed fox depicted in the ancient Chinese bestiary Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海經) | Right: A ...
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Why is it so bad to be born in the Year of the Fire Horse?

1966 was a hinoe-uma (丙午) year. This does not come from "crossing zodiac with elements" per se, but is instead a specific combination of celestial stem and earthly branch in the traditional sexagenary ...
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Do we know of the existence of Japanese mythological texts that predate the Kojiki?

We know they existed, but not much else. In fact, none other than the Kojiki itself states that its stories are collected from contemporary works (which have all been lost). This is because the ...
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Why was Amaterasu so angered by the flayed horse that Susanoo threw at her?

It wasn't the flayed horse that Amaterasu-ōmikami was offended by, per se. According to the kojiki (古事記), what happened was that Susano'o flayed a beautiful spotted horse and threw it into a room ...
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How are Japanese emperors related to Amaterasu?

Based on this really neat family tree of the Emperors of Japan, I count 84 generations between Amaterasu and the incumbent Emperor Akihito (whose reign began in 1990). As a descendant of the first ...
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Are Kitsune and Huli jing the same?

'The Cult of the Fox' by Xiaofei Kang, is a good reflection on how the 'Huxian'/'Huli Jing' myths predate the popular kitsune myth, and shows the establishment of a lot of the concepts taken for ...
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Japanese Trickster Demons

Tengu (天狗) A lot of my knowledge about them comes from the oral tradition, but the Wiki makes an interesting point that they were originally regarded as demons in the Buddhist context. In the Shinto ...
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Which Kamuy are the 'bad ones'?

These evil supernatural beings are known collectively as the kunne kamuy or wen kamuy, lit. "dark spirits" or "evil spirits", respectively. They are referred to as kamuy because it is considered more ...
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What is the original story of Fox Spirit/Nine tails fox in India's myths?

The Dakini connection Here is an extract of Chinese Magical Medicine by Michel Strickmann implying the direct connection between the Inari and the Dakini (p. 272). The “Dakini” or “Dagini” for ...
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Who was the ruler of the Japanese Yomi?

As I understand it, Izanagi is the original ruler of Yomi, however, when Susanoo was banished there, he became ruler. Texts on Yomi are very scarce, and finding out exactly how he became ruler, and ...
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Were the Nekomata bipedal?

From what I've read, it seems that they often do walk around on their hind legs. On Wikipedia, it says, " The less experienced cat has difficulty standing on its hind legs while the older cat is ...
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Storybooks about Japanese Mythology?

Not sure what you are looking for but you have: Mitford's tale from old Japan. A book from 1870 (something like that) collected by an Englishman, Algernon Miltford, one of the very first European ...
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Storybooks about Japanese Mythology?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Fairy-Tales-Antique-Illustrated-Japan-Legends-14-1898-Hasegawa-Stories-/232065349086 I have often seen these kinds of antique Japanese fairy tale picture books, ...
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How were sun-showers viewed?

The Wyandot Indians have an origin myth for sun showers. Then the Thunder spoke again to the young woman and said,  "I have now taken him along with me, and whenever it rains while the sun is ...
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What is the Japanese human origin myth?

The Kojiki of Shinto states the origins of mankind as an action of Izanami-no-Mikoto: Izanami started his cleansing rites and in doing so he created the Goddess of the seas and the Goddess of the ...
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What is the Japanese human origin myth?

The Yamata no Orochi (八岐大蛇) is actually ‘the flood myth’ of Japan. The 8 heads of Orochi are actually 8 rivers. Can’t remember the source, will update again if possible.
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Did the Babylonians, Norse Vikings, Japanese or Greeks have a concept of a soulmate?

The only locus classicus I can think of for the notion of a soul-mate is Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium 189c–193d, which does spin a kind of myth to account for it (and ...
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How did you survive my 100-step punch?

This reminded me of the unique "Kill Bill" (Vols. I & II) movies. Found the following on Pinterest: Pai Mei played by Kung Fu movie legend Gordon Liu in Kill Bill - character is based off of ...
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Is there an older name for Cecaelia?

In Japanse, these are called 人魚 (lit. human + fish) Ningyo Several Native American tribes have words and stories regarding mermaids: Halfway People (Mi'kmaq) Lumpeguin (Maliseet) Ne Hwas (...
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Is there an older name for Cecaelia?

I think I’ve come across the same references to the legends being from Native American and Japanese culture. As far as Japanese origins, all I’ve come across are a few online posts referencing to the ...
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Were there ever any Kitsune considered to be Hero's or Protagonists of a story?

Kitsune in Japanese mythology fall into one of two categories: 善狐 zenko, literally "good foxes" 野狐 yako, literally "foxes of the fields" Zenk are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with the god ...
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Why isn't Ninigi considered the first emperor of Japan?

Ninigi No Mikoto in Japanese mythology is said to be the divine origin of the Yamato clan. There are several versions of the myth, in both the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki. In the latter there also are ...
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Why did Izanami speaking first cause her and Izanagi bad luck with procreation?

This legend is found in the Kojiki, the oldest "history book" from Japan. The original text makes the reason quite plain: because Izanami is a woman. 告其妹曰「女人先言、不良」 . . . 「因女先言而不良」 He then told ...
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Japanese god of tea

My understanding of the Japanese tea ceremony is that it arose out of the Zen tradition, which has no gods. However, I did find mention of a Japanese kami associated with tea, Inari Ōkami. There ...
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What is the meaning behind Amaterasu-ōmikami meaning what it does?

Re: Why "august" It's a function of translation into European languages. It comes from the Latin usage: augustus and was a title employed initially by Octavian, who was deified after his death. I'm ...
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Can kitsune die/be killed?

One belief is that when a kitsune changes shape, its hoshi no tama holds a portion of its magical power. Another tradition is that the pearl represents the kitsune's soul; the kitsune will die if ...
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Are Kitsune and Huli jing the same?

As an addendum: While kitsune are associated with Japanese Shinto deities Inari and Ukanomitama, as well as the Buddhist-originated Dakini-ten; Huxian or Huli Jing are, meanwhile, associated with the ...
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Do the gods Ameteratsu and Inari have any consorts?

Amateratsu is traditionnaly the spouse of her very own brother Tsukuyomi. You can check Wikipedia. In case of Inari he was married with Ukemochi and after Tsukuyomi slain her he married Mitama (Uga-no-...
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