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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tracking The Presence Of 9 Tailed Fox (追踪九尾狐)
Golden fur nine tailed fox (金毛九尾狐) is said to be active in India, China, Korea
and Japan. In India, legend has it that during Amsuman or Kalmasapada Dynasty, nine
tailed fox was one of the guardian spirits of Amsuman Prince, Dilipa's tomb. It
was said that the prince had chopped down the head of a thousand people when he
In China, the nine tailed fox transformed to concubine of
Emperor Zhouyou Wang (周幽王) Baosi (褒姒) and concubine of Emperor
Yinzhou Wang (殷纣王), Daji (妲己). Both of the ladies were wicked hearted ladies and they caused
both of the emperors to lose their kingdoms.
In Japan, during Muromachi period (鳥羽上皇),Tamamo-no-Mae (the beautiful fox witch) was
said to be of stunning yet cruel beauty in the court of Emperor Konoe. Due to
her stunning beauty and wisdom, the emperor loved Tamama-no-Mae very much. One
day, Konoe suddenly fell ill and no physicians can cure the emperor.
Finally an astrologer told the emperor that his beloved
concubine is in fact an evil nine tailed fox. So the emperor ordered two of his
bravest warriors to hunt down the fox spirit and killed her.
After the 9 tailed fox is killed, her body transformed into
Sessho-seki (殺生石) or better known as the ‘Killing Stone’. Because
any living things that come into contact with stone will die. Eventually a monk
performed a deliverance ritual and the spirit of the fox finally left the
stone. You can see the stone at Nasu, Tochigi.
As I heard, there are two types of fox spirits in Japan: the
good one is known as ‘kitsune’ and an evil fox spirit is known as ‘nogitsune’.
This is same as the Chinese belief.
Some folks tried to put the stories together and made up the
As the story has it that the 9 tailed fox was born from Yin
energy in China. During 11BC, she transformed into stunning beauty Daji and
hence became the concubine of the prince Xin (辛) of Emperor Shangzhou (商纣王). But this lady made a
mess out of the Shang Dynasty and soon Shang Dynasty was overturned.
At this point, the fox spirit escaped to India and became
the concubine of Kalmasapada prince in India known as ‘Huayang Tian’ (华阳天)
and after making a round trip, it finally return to China and hide herself.
It was during Tang Dyansty, when the Japanese Emperor sent
his royal delegate Kibi no Makibi to China, the fox spirits then jumped onto Kibi
no Makibi’s ship and followed him to Japan.
Later when her identity was again exposed, she escaped from
Japan and hid herself in Hong Kong until the early 80’s. A newborn baby was
said to be killed by the fox spirit and a Taoist ‘sealed’ the fox inside a
piece of wall.
A few years ago, some Taiwanese folks came to Hong Kong and
invited the fox spirit to stay in Taiwan until today…
I am not sure if the nine tailed fox is still in Taiwan…
Perhaps she is your new neighbour! Hahaha…