Today's mythical March prompt is a young kitsune! Also check out the kitsune mask I got when I went to Epcot!!! :D
"Kitsune" is the Japanese word for fox, and they are the subject of many Yōkai (monster or spirit) folklore due to humans and foxes having a close relationship in Japan. They are very intelligent and have paranormal powers that become more potent with age and wisdom. All foxes can shape shift into humans, according to lore, but each fox has a different motive. Some use their abilities to trick people, while others act as guardians, friends, or even lovers. The number of tails the spirit has shows how wise, old, and powerful it is. Some people even make sacrifices to them due to how influential the kitsune can be. Only after 100 years will the fox begin to grow additional tails; one, five, seven, and nine are the most common numbers. When they gain their ninth tail their fur turns white, and these kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed foxes) gain the ability to hear and see anything in the world. Once the fox becomes 1000 years old they become a Tenko (heavenly fox), gaining gold fur and ascending the heavens. Generally there are two kinds of kitsune: zenko (good foxes) and yako (field foxes). Zenko are benevolent and are associated with Inari, a Shinto spirit who uses the foxes as her messagers. Yako are mischievous and cause much trouble.
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