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Another article discussing Inari worship... implying that foxes weren't a part of that deity's veneration, around the 10th or 11th century, in Japan.

Except--in the Tang Dynasty, in China; which lasted until the end of the 9th century, stories about foxes and their seductive subterfuge already existed...

So the concept of these foxes, like those some of us would identify as 'kitsune', seem to predate their appearance as messengers of Inari. To assume otherwise would be to deny a cultural connection, between China's foxes, and Japan's--and there seems to be more evidence to the contrary--that these concepts 'migrated' into Japan, and evolved parallel with their Chinese versions. Check out the subject of Onymodo, and the Onmyoji--a clear link to Daoist occultism, within Shinto, as early as the 6th century...

What's even trippier, is that, one notable Onmyoji is Abe no Semei--the reputed offspring of a female kitsune, and a man...

Compare these articles with what you find in 'The Cult of the Fox'. It's pretty intriguing how the pieces start to line up. I'm almost 'positive' the 'huxian' and 'kitsune' draw from the same original, Chinese archetype of the fox, and that things like 'nogitsune' and 'myobu' are much newer, divergent concepts, along with things like foxes' love for tofu, etc.

What does it mean for us? So far, just that the hole goes much deeper than Inari, for those willing to dig... and that foxes with powers, or tales of them, at least, 'got around'.

Last update on January 21, 4:44 pm by Avery F. Romero.
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