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Japanese Mythology & Urban Legends

Feb 01, 19 at 5:07am

I suggest you check gaijin goombah's youtube channel. He usually talks about japanese mythology references in games.


"The fox spirit (狐狸精) or nine-tailed fox (九尾狐) is a mythical fox entity originating from Chinese mythology that is a common motif in East Asian mythology."

To have a better knowledge of origins of Asian youkai,I become a big fan of Shan Hai Jing!Surprisingly enough, a few famous ancestors of Han/漢 married gorgeous fox spirits(usually they had nine tails)..Ahh it means the blood and power of those cute creatures may be passed down to their descendants!!


Glad someone is talking about this

Feb 02, 19 at 12:37am



I like Japanese urban legends and rituals.
stuff like the elevator , hide n seek alone, gozu, kokkuri-san, Kunekune, ect...
but lately i've haven't been so much into it as before.

Feb 02, 19 at 1:32am

^Ah, maybe you just need a break or some recommendations. I myself, don't follow the urban legends too much, I'm more a fan of the mythology. Although I'm always up for a good scare as well.


Lol, honestly though. I've done quite a bit of research into folklore from Japan as well as european fairy folklore, and I see nothing but parallels. Its never a 1 to 1 comparison exactly. The Japanese belief of spirituality is a hell of a lot more complicated compared to modern western folklore, but go back and look at the pre christian stuff, and you get closer similarities. For example. Compare elf mounds and stones with various kami who are attached to say a hill or a shrine. Its... Interesting to say the least. Just goes to show how similar some people think.

Feb 15, 19 at 1:26am

I wonder if Japanese folklore has ever populated to other countries during their invasion of other countries like China and S. Korea. It would be quite interesting if different folklore from different countries interacted w/ each other. I think there was a anime that had some of this premise in it, but I forget what. It might have been nurarihyon no mago, but I think that was more focused on different regions of Japan and not international.

Feb 15, 19 at 6:42am

I'm pretty well versed in Shinto and Japanese Taoist folklore. Feel free to direct questions to me

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