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February 08, 2007


Love the Japanese woodcuts here--gorgeous stuff!

Have you seen the animated Hellboy movie that recently came out? Some really fantastic use of Japanese folklore (some regarding foxes, which is what made me think of it). One of the characters is actually a folklorist. I really loved seeing this subject matter in a mainstream format.

Heinz Insu Fenkl's article "Fox Wives and Other Dangerous Women" is fascinating and terrifying. I can’t imagine how he must have felt as a child upon hearing "The Fox Sister." The story gives me the chills at 55.

Thank so much, Terri, for such a terrific and extensive source of info about fox-spirits. And thank goodness for folklorists such as Heinz Insu Fenkl.


There's also a tradition in Scandinavia of the foxwoman (called "räven") - and a wonderful song by the folk-rock group Hedningarna, "Räven" (from their album Trä), which is based on those legend.

Through a peculiar and amusing series of events Inari, in a female aspect, was responsible for my husband and I originally meeting. He's always had a soft spot for Inari and kitsune myth and it's extended to me now.

You've mentioned a couple stories I'd not heard of before so I will most definitely be checking them out.

My 2003 novel Pelzmantel featured a woman who traded skins with a fox (a good way to hide). While the larger story is a Donkey Skin tale about a princess on the run, the narrator is a elderly witch who finds it best to conceal herself as a fox -- once she has convinced the fox that a spell in her body will be a good way to spend the normally lean winter months.

Kate, I'm not familiar with your novel -- but it sounds terrific, so I'll seek it out.

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  • The Journal of Mythic Arts was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, co-edited by Terri Windling & Midori Snyder, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008.

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