Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox and while the full etymology isn’t known, some have come the conclusion that it means yellow or always yellow. There are two common classifications of kitsune. The zenko (literally good foxes) are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with the god Inari; they are sometimes simply called Inari foxes. On the other hand, the yako (literally field foxes, also called nogitsune) tend to be mischievous or even malicious. One supernatural ability (of many) attributed to the kitsune is mouths or tails that generate fire or lightning (known as kitsunebi). Inari’s kitsune are typically white, a color of good omen. They possess the power to ward off evil, and they sometimes serve as guardian spirits READ MORE

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