Collection of Kitsune Lore
This page is single-handedly responsible for
a great many of the stranger Western interpretations of Asian foxlore
currently washing about the webfor example, the idea that
foxes are organized into tribes which represent different elements.
Most Westerners first meet foxes through translated folktales,
whether in collections of tales from particular countries or in
children's books adapted from classic stories. The collections of
folktales are listed in the folktale sections of the Chinese, Japanese,
and Korean pages. I am currently collecting children's books, and
will add them as I find them.
Johnson, Kij. The Fox Woman. Tor Books, 2000.
A well-written, well-researched novel based
roughly on a traditional Japanese fox story. Johnson stresses the
fox maiden's animal nature far more than any other story I've seen.
The result is an original, nuanced take on the fox which illuminates
the classic Buddhist belief in foxes' animality. Read an excerpt
of the original short story here.
Japanese fox spirits caught the imagination of roleplayers worldwide.
They are now so common in roleplaying games that teenagers are almost
as likely to have discovered fox spirits through games as through
translated folktales. As "kitsune," foxes appear in