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Yokai kinds Notes: -Kyuubi in my story is only one, also Amaterasu (shes the godess daughter) -Other kinds

are like clans, so there are many of them, like the Tanukis and Kitsune -Some are rare, like Wadatsumi -There are also a species with many different kinds, like Tsukumogami 1. Bake-Tanuki or just Tanuki Empress Suiko of the Nihon Shoki wrote such passages as "in two months of spring,
there are mujina in the country of Mutsu () , they turn into humans and sing songs, the tanuki who possessed special abilities are given names, and even became the subject of rituals. Other than in these places, there are not few cases where they are treated with special fame. Mujina (?) is an old Japanese term primarily referring to the badger tanuki of Japan from time immemorial were deified as governing all things in nature the fox has seven disguises, the tanuki has eight () The tanuki is thus superior to the fox in its disguises, but unlike the fox, which changes its form for the sake of tempting people, tanuki do so to fool people and make them seem [8] stupid. There is also the theory that they simply like to change their form. song in Japan: Tan Tan Tanuki no kintama wa, Kaze mo nai no ni, Bura bura

The legendary tanuki has eight special traits that bring good fortune, possibly created to coincide to the Hachi symbol (meaning 'eight') often found on the sake bottles the statues hold. The eight traits are: a hat to be ready to protect against trouble or bad weather; big eyes to perceive the environment and help make good decisions; a sake bottle that represents virtue; a big tail that provides steadiness and strength until success is achieved; over-sized testicles that symbolize financial luck; a promissory note that represents trust or confidence; a big belly that symbolizes bold and calm decisiveness; and a friendly smile.

2. Kitsune (not the Nine tailed. In my story, its different, but the same category.) Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase
with their age and wisdom

ability to assume human form believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers zenko (?, literally good foxes) are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with the god Inari ( Japanese kami of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry); they are sometimes simply called Inari foxes

yako (?, literally field foxes, also called nogitsune) tend to be mischievous or even malicious. a ninko is an invisible fox spirit that human beings can only perceive when it possesses them kitsune may take on human form, an ability learned when it reaches a certain age usually 100 years, although some tales say 50 common prerequisite for the transformation, the fox must place reeds, a broad leaf, or a [16] skull over its head. Common forms assumed by kitsune include beautiful women, young girls, or elderly men. kitsune have difficulty hiding their tails when they take human form; looking for the tail, perhaps when the fox gets drunk or careless, is a common method of discerning the creature's true nature Variants on the theme have the kitsune retain other foxlike traits, such as a coating of fine hair, a fox-shaped shadow, or a reflection that shows its true form Kitsune have a fear and hatred of dogs even while in human form supernatural abilities commonly attributed to the kitsune include possession, mouths or tails that generate fire or lightning (known as kitsune-bi; literally, fox-fire) Kitsunetsuki ( or ; also written kitsune-tsuki) literally means the state of being possessed by a fox. The victim is always a young woman, whom the fox enters beneath her fingernails or through her breasts once freed from the possession, the victim will never again be able to eat tofu, azukimeshi, or other foods favored by foxes. Exorcism, often performed at an Inari shrine, may induce a fox to leave its host. In the past, when such gentle measures failed or a priest was not available, victims ofkitsunetsuki were beaten or badly burned in hopes of forcing the fox to leave. Entire families were ostracized by their communities after a member of the family was thought [30] to be possessed. Depictions of kitsune or their possessed victims may feature round or onion-shaped white balls known as hoshi no tama (star balls). Tales describe these as glowing with kitsunebi, or fox-fire. Some stories identify them as magical jewels or pearls When not in human form or possessing a human, a kitsune keeps the ball in its mouth or [13] carries it on its tail. Jewels are a common symbol of Inari, and representations of sacred Inari foxes without them are rare One belief is that when a kitsune changes shape, its hoshi no tama holds a portion of its magical power. Another tradition is that the pearl represents the kitsune's soul; the kitsune will die if separated from it for long Those who obtain the ball may be able to extract a promise from the kitsune to help them in exchange for its return

3. Kyuubi

(Nine Tailed Fox)

greater number of tails indicates an older and more powerful fox When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold gain the abilities to see and hear anything happening anywhere in the world. Other tales attribute them infinite wisdom (omniscience). gleaming red eyes that are said to give them the power of mind control engeful and have been known to curse those who mistreat them for 1000 years

4. Shikigami (Ritual God) Shiki-no-kami, It is thought to be some sort of kami, represented by a small ghost aid to be invisible most time, but they can be made visible by banning (cursing) them into
small, folded and artfully cut paper manikins They must be conjured during a complex ceremony and their power is connected to the spiritual force of their master. If the evoker is well introduced and has lots of experience, his Shiki can possess animals and even people and manipulate them. But if the evoker is careless, his shikigami may get out of control in time, gaining its own will and consciousness. In this case the shikigami will raid its own master and kill him in revenge

5. Inugami (Dog God) dog god Inugami are extremely powerful and capable of existing independently, as well as
turning on their "owners" and even possessing humans. The indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaid consider the dog a wily, dangerous and somewhat human animal. In Japanese folktale, dogs themselves are regarded as magical beings; one legend states that the dog could once talk, but lost the ability the general belief is that an inugami is created by burying a dog up to its neck and placing food around it, which it cannot reach. It would take days for the dog to die, and during this time the dog's master would tell it that its pain is nothing compared to his own. When the dog dies, it would become an inugami; since its dying wish would have been to eat, the food placed around the corpse would act as a placatory offering, and thus make the spirit obedient old woman who desired revenge against an enemy buried her treasured dog in the ground with only its head sticking out, and said "If you have a soul, do my will and I will worship you as a god." She then sawed the dog's head off with a bamboo saw, releasing the dog's spirit as an inugami. The spirit did as she wished, but in return for its painful death it haunted the old woman. Possession by an inugami is said to cure sickness, or ill health; however, it also results in the possessed behaving like a dog

6. Tsukumogami (Possession Spirit) the term is generally understood to be applied to virtually any object, that has reached
their 100th birthday and thus become alive and self-aware

Tsukumogami are animate household objects after a service life of nearly one hundred years, utsuwamono or kibutsu (containers, tools, and instruments) receive souls. [citation needed] the Tsukumogami were harmless and at most tended to play occasional [citation needed] pranks , they did have the capacity for anger and would band together to take revenge upon those who were wasteful or threw them away thoughtlessly

7. Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) Amaterasu-mikami (?) or hirume-no-muchi-nokami (?) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning "shining in heaven." The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-mikami, is "the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven" Amaterasu was born from Izanagi-no-Mikoto while he was purifying himself after entering Yomi, the underworld, failing to save Izanami-no-Mikoto Originally, Amaterasu shared the sky with Tsukuyomi, her husband and brother until, out of disgust, he killed the goddess of food, Uke Mochi, when she pulled "food from her [2] rectum, nose, and mouth" This killing upset Amaterasu causing her to label Tsukuyomi an evil god and split away from him; separating night from day. Her sacred mirror, Yata no Kagami is said to be kept at this shrine as one of the Imperial Regalia of Japan.


Tsukuyomi (Moon God) Tsukuyomi or Tsukiyomi (?, also known as Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto), is the moon god Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was born when he washed out of Izanagi-no-Mikoto's right eye After climbing a celestial ladder, Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto lived in the heavens, also known
as Takamagahara, with his sisterAmaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto angered Amaterasu Omikami when he killed Uke Mochi, the goddess of food. Amaterasu Omikami once sent Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto to represent her at a feast presented by Uke Mochi. The goddess made the food by turning to the ocean and spitting out a fish, then facing the forest and game came out of her mouth, and finally turned to a rice paddy and coughed up a bowl of rice. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was utterly disgusted by the fact that, although it looked exquisite, the meal was made in a disgusting manner, and so he killed her. Soon, Amaterasu Omikami learned what happened and she was so angry that she refused to ever look at Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto again, forever moving to another part of the sky. This is the reason that day and night are never together

9. Yuki-Onna (Snow Woman) Yuki-onna appears on snowy nights as a tall, beautiful woman with long black hair and
blue lips

inhumanly pale or even transparent skin makes her blend into the snowy landscape [3] She sometimes wears a white kimono, but other legends describe her as nude, with only her face and hair standing out against the snow Despite her inhuman beauty, her eyes can strike terror into mortals. She floats across the snow, leaving no footprints she can transform into a cloud of mist or snow if threatened. spirit of someone who perished in the snow She is at the same time beautiful and serene, yet ruthless in killing unsuspecting mortals Yuki-onna appears to travelers trapped in snowstorms, and uses her icy breath to leave them as frost-coated corpses. Other legends say she leads them astray so they simply die of exposure Sometimes she is simply satisfied to see a victim die. Other times, she is more vampiric, draining her victims' blood or "life force." Like the snow and winter weather she represents, Yuki-onna has a softer side. She sometimes lets would-be victims go for various reasons In one popular Yuki-onna legend, for example, she sets a young boy free because of his beauty and age. She makes him promise never to speak of her, but later in life, he tells the story to his wife who reveals herself to be the snow woman. She reviles him for breaking his promise, but spares him again, this time out of concern for their children (but if he dares mistreat their children, she will return with no mercy. Luckily for him, he is a loving father)

10. Wadatsumi/Watasumi (Water Dragon) or ?) was a legendary Japanese dragon and tutelary water deity.

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