east asian mythology




Amaterasu [天照], Amaterasu-ōmikami or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami 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. 

In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, is the sister of Susanoo, the god of storms and the sea, and of Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon. It was written that Amaterasu had painted the landscape with her siblings to create ancient Japan. She became the ruler of the sun and the heavens along with her brother, Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon and ruler of the night. Originally, Amaterasu shared the sky with Tsukuyomi, her husband and brother until, out of disgust, he killed the goddess of food, Uke Mochi. This killing upset Amaterasu, causing her to label Tsukuyomi an evil god and to split away from him; separating night from day.

There is also a long-standing rivalry between Amaterasu and her other brother, Susanoo. When he was to leave Heaven by orders of Izanagi, he went to bid his sister goodbye. Amaterasu was suspicious, but when Susanoo proposed a challenge to prove his sincerity, she accepted. Each of them took an object of the other’s and from it birthed gods and goddesses. Amaterasu birthed three women from Susanoo’s sword while he birthed five men from her necklace. Claiming the gods were hers because they were born of her necklace, she decided that she had won the challenge. The two were content for a time, but her brother became restless and went on a rampage, destroying Amaterasu’s rice fields, hurling a flayed pony at her loom, and killing one of her attendants in a fit of rage. Amaterasu, who was in fury and grief, hid inside the Ama-no-Iwato (“heavenly rock cave”), thus effectively hiding the sun for a long period of time. The world, without the illumination of the sun, became dark. The gods could not lure Amaterasu out of her hiding place until the goddess of dawn, Ame-no-Uzume, was able to trick her into reappearance.

↳ CHANG’E (嫦娥)

Legend has it that in ancient China, ten suns hung in the sky and the extreme heat scorched the earth. An archer, Hou Yi, shoot down nine of them and was given the elixir of immortality as a reward. However, he did not want to consume it as he did not wish to become immortal without his wife. 

One day, when Hou Yi was out hunting, his apprentice, Fengmeng, broke into his house and forced Chang’e to give up the elixir of immortality. When she realised that she couldn’t defeat him, Chang’e consumed the elixir and flew upwards towards the heavens, choosing the moon as residence to be nearby her beloved husband.

It is said that during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chang’e and Hou Yi are reunited, which is why Mid-Autumn Festival is also an important day for families to come together.

oceans-of-syncronized-chaos  asked:

In the Percy Jackson series by Rick riordan there are demigod children with one parent mortal and the other part of the Greek/Roman Phaethon. I have a character Japanese character from Japan I'm questioning if I want to make her mother a Japanese goddess much like the demigods in the Percy Jackson series. Would this be okay?

Japanese followers (and Japanese only), what say you?

Awesome underated comedy/slice of life to whatch

I have to say it I wasn’t that much fan of comedy as a genre since I love tragedy and sad anime mores but once in a while we all need a good anime to make us laugh loudly:D. I became a fan of the genre after watching gintama I guess but I wanted to share some others anime that made me literally cry for the too much laugh.


Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

I literally fell in love with the anime. The comedy is great, the characters are awesome and special in their own way. And oh tanaka, his seiyuu (ono kensho) was awesome as always, no need to say he is one of my most favorites ever lol.


For high school student Tanaka, the act of being listless is a way of life. Known for his inattentiveness and ability to fall asleep anywhere, Tanaka prays that each day will be as uneventful as the last, seeking to preserve his lazy lifestyle however he can by avoiding situations that require him to exert himself. Along with his dependable friend Oota who helps him with tasks he is unable to accomplish, the lethargic teenager constantly deals with events that prevent him from experiencing the quiet and peaceful days he longs for.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Whatch it if you’re searching for:

  •  Great comedy
  • Fluffy dramma with some hints of romace
  • Lovely soundtrack
  • The art is so cute and on point
  • The gags are hilarious and quite original
  • Watch it for the amazing brotp

You only need tanaka as a reason tho , he is the real Mvp, I’m quite fond of him


Hoozuki no Reitetsu

Originally posted by twotheleft

Meet hoozuki one of the most badass characters I’ve seen in anime. This was such  a fresh breath of air. I mean, how often do you see the king of hell being treated like a little punk Lmao. And they announced it will have a second season yay


Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king’s imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course… The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase “employer liability.” Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway? [Written by MAL Rewrite]

For the fans of tonari no kaibutsu kun, they also made an apparence in hoozuki

Watch it if you’re searching for:

  • Badass yet not overpowered as fuck characters
  • For the great comedy
  • Watch it if you’re interested in the japanese folklore
  • The lovely and refreshing artstyle
  • Watch it for those two Lmao, You will laugh until your stomach hurts, I garantee that

Originally posted by aittla


Gugure! Kokkuri-san

Originally posted by panda123334

Thi anime is such a gem and yet noone seem to know it bruh. The characters were all crazy and yet tender. The comedy is great and I love how they want to break most of the tropes in comedy anime Lmao


Kohina Ichimatsu, the self-proclaimed doll, called out the fox ghost Kokkuri-san with a suspicious incantation! But it was a story of the past where Kokkuri-san was able to answer any question you had. Nowadays, it relies on a certain search engine, but is actually bad at anything digital. He was going to possess Kohina, but got worried about her living all alone and devotes himself to do chores as if he was her mother. On top of that, the dog ghost Inugami who is infatuated with Kohina and the old good-for-nothing supernatural raccoon dog Shigaraki decide to root themselves with her as well!

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Watch it if you’re searching for:

  • Hilarious comedy
  • The lovely character devolpment of the main protagonist
  • The fluffy yet adorable bonds that  the anime manages to create
  • Attractive spirit struggling with a mid-life crisis due to him fearing for his relevance in the the modern world Lol

Originally posted by panda123334


Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (TV)

The only anime that managed to make me laugh this much was gintama. This is literally a masterpiece Lmao since it never fails to make you laugh


To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss.

Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Watch it if you’re searching for:

  • 4th wall, what was it again?
  • Similiar comedy to gintama, you will love them both
  • Aparody of the genre itself
  • An amazing protagonist  whose sasiness is his fashion Lamo

Just go and watch this hidden gem now, you will underastand immediatly why it is so good.

Originally posted by sisselwolfgang

English isn’t my first language so I hope you will make it through the grammatical mistakes




The three-legged crow is a creature found in various mythologies of Asia, Asia Minor and North Africa. It is believed by many cultures to inhabit and represent the sun. In Chinese mythology and culture, the three-legged crow is called the Sanzuwu (三足烏).

The most popular depiction and myth of a Sanzuwu is that of a sun crow called the Jīnwū, or “golden crow”. According to folklore, there were originally ten sun crows which settled in 10 separate suns. They perched on a red mulberry tree called the Fusang, literally meaning the Leaning Mulberry Tree, in the East at the foot of the Valley of the Sun. This mulberry tree was said to have many mouths opening from its branches. Each day one of the sun crows would travel around the world on a carriage, driven by Xihe, the ‘mother’ of the suns. As soon as one sun crow returned, another one would set forth in its journey crossing the sky.

According to Shanhaijing, the sun crows loved eating two sorts of mythical grasses of immortality, one called the Diri, or “ground sun”, and the other the Chunsheng, or “spring grow”. The sun crows would often descend from heaven on to the earth and feast on these grasses, but Xihe did not like this thus she covered their eyes to prevent them from doing so. Folklore also held that, at around 2170 BC, all ten sun crows came out on the same day, causing the world to burn; Houyi, the celestial archer, saved the day by shooting down all but one of the sun crows.

TRICKSTER WEEK; day six: east asian

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shape shift into women. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives. Kitsune are often presented as tricksters, with motives that vary from mischief to malevolence. Stories tell of kitsune playing tricks on overly proud samurai, greedy merchants, and boastful commoners, while the crueler ones abuse poor tradesmen and farmers or devout Buddhist monks. Their victims are usually men; women are possessed instead. For example, kitsune are thought to employ their kitsunebi to lead travelers astray in the manner of a will o’ the wisp. Another tactic is for the kitsune to confuse its target with illusions or visions. Other common goals of trickster kitsune include seduction, theft of food, humiliation of the prideful, or vengeance for a perceived slight.

(From Japanese mythology)


Mythology Meme • East Asian Mythology

Magu (麻姑; Mágū; “Hemp Maiden”) is a legendary Taoist xian (仙 “immortal; transcendent”) associated with the elixir of life, and a symbolic protector of females in Chinese mythology. Stories in Chinese literature describe Magu as a beautiful young woman with long birdlike fingernails.


The legend of these two princesses comes in many variations. In the pagan version, the princesses were close friends who were sent from Heaven to bring peace to two feuding villages. They both took a village each as a guardian. The princesses were unmatched in their own skills: Princess Santubong can weave fine clothes and Princess Sejinjang can pound rice so delicious mortals would be full for days. Their talents brought prosperity to the villages and the people were content. The peace did not last long as contempt started to brew between the princesses. 

Some versions claimed that they were envious of each other’s beauty, some say it was over love for an indecisive prince and some say it was because of neglect over their land. Their fights increased in frequency and intensity until they both had abandon their responsibility to their people, causing chaos and natural disasters in their wake. After a grueling seven-day war, a final battle ensued. 

Princess Sejinjang had struck a blow to Princess Santubong’s cheek, breaking it. In response Princess Santubong used a daggered pole and threw it to her, shattering Sejinjang’s head to pieces. Despite her victory, both of them had neglected their duty to their people so the heaven cursed Santubong into a mountain (where the gash at her cheek was said to be the peak) and Princess Sejinjang’s shattered corpse became an isle of islands. Their story was immortalized in a popular Sarawakian folk song.

misselizabeth530  asked:

Would you give me some book recs for fantasy? But, y'know, with some casual gays sprinkled in there? 🙏🏳️‍🌈

Sure! And rather than try to split this up by fantasy subgenres or or any of that nonsense (because, really, what’s the point? Fantasy is a gorgeous sprawling category that encompasses everything from Lord of the Rings to Percy Jackson) I’m going to rank these by what’s really important: how gay they are.

a good level of background gaydiation:

  • The Broken Earth Series, N.K. Jemisin - This is, I will admit, a fantasy book that does not feel like a fantasy book right away, because the magic is understood by the characters as a science more than anything else. I don’t think the m-word is even mentioned until the second book, The Obelisk Gate. It doesn’t read like a standard fantasy book at all, more like apocalyptic sci-fi, but Jemisin’s writing is unusual and gorgeous and she’s telling an important story of oppression. The oppression is based on magic rather than race, with those who can perform orogeny (basially earthbending) being considered monsters and subject to government ownership, and Jemisin the pain that generations of that dehumanization can cause, and the repercussions that come when someone finally decides to do something about it. Plus, it’s a fantasy world where almost every important character is black or brown, written by a black woman. How often do you see that?
    • The Gay: The gay really is casually sprinkled here; it’s presented in a very matter of fact way and really isn’t the focus of the story. One character’s backstory involves being in a happy poly relationship with a gay man and a bi man, and among the supporting cast is a trans wlw. The society in The Broken Earth is, obviously, deeply flawed, but being queer or trans doesn’t seem to be much of an issue.
  • The Graceling series, Kristin Cashore - Graceling, it’s indirect prequel Fire, and it’s sequel Bitterblue are probably some of the best fantasy YA books in existence, at least through a feminist lens. Cashore starts with a simple conceit in the first book - in this kingdom, some children are born with two different colored eyes and the magical ability to be Really Fucking Good at something. Graceling’s main character, Katsa, is really good at killing people. It doesn’t sound that deep, but all three books end up being about young women learning to define themselves rather than being what their society expects them to be. I especially adore the way Cashore handles teenage sexuality; none of the girls are shamed for being sexually active or losing their virginity. 
    • Graceling: Katsa, who as I said is super good at killing people, runs away from her douchebag uncle who makes her kill people for him, falls in love with Po, aka the only male YA love interest who has ever mattered, and fights some evil. 
      • Gay Rating: 0/10, only implied with two supporting characters
    • Fire: Fire, who is what’s known as a Monster - her hair and eyes are unnaturally colored, people are hypnotically drawn to her whether she wants it or not - becomes involved in some bangin’ political intrigue and some epic slow burn romance. 
      • Gay Rating: 3/10, Fire is technically bisexual but this is brought up exactly once and then never mentioned again.
    • Bitterblue: Bitterblue, whose father was a hardcore evil dick and also a king, is struggling to rule her kingdom and help people move on from her father’s cruelty. More political intrigue! 
      • Gay rating: 7/10. Male love interest is bisexual, supporting characters include nice lesbian couple, those two guys that you thought were gay in Graceling are totally gay and so in love.

Harold, they’re lesbians:

  • Carry On, Rainbow Rowell - Excuse me if you’ve already read this but holy fucking shit I will never in my life pass up an opportunity to promote this book. It’s a cleverly meta Harry Potter parody, that actually incorporates a lot of tumblr-like speculation about what Hogwarts would look like if the kids actually acted like kids and insisted on incorporating modern technology and values into magic. It also constructs its own world, system of magic, and characters in a sufficiently interesting way that it doesn’t feel like a cheap ripoff at all, is funny and emotional, and also THOSE BOYS ARE SO GAY. 12/10 SOMEONE HOLD ME.
  • Huntress, Malinda Lo - If you’ve been on my blog a while you may remember I have some mixed feelings about this book, but I understand that just because it’s not my cup of tea doesn’t mean it’s not for everyone. Huntress has two girls Going On A Quest and begrudgingly learning to like each other and then REALLY liking each other, all set in a world that interestingly blends East Asian culture with fairy mythology. 9/10, they gay.

I haven’t read these yet but I want to:

  • Ash, Malinda Lo - Sitting on myself right now, described by multiple people as “Cinderella but bi”.
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember - Mermaids! Loki! Magic! Girls falling in love!
  • Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Córdova - Witches! Ghosts! A bisexual love triangle!
  • Poison Kiss, Ana Mardoll - Evil fairies! ESCAPING from evil fairies! Bisexuality and polyamory!

(this list is super light on mlm main characters, there are no trans mains, and there are no ace characters to be seen, so if anybody has any recommendations for fantasy involving those identities, please let me know!)




Gameunjang-agi (가믄장 아기) is the Korean goddess of fate and luck.

The legend tells of a beggar couple who birthed their first child. The farmers in the area gather gifts in a silver bowl for mother and child. Therefore, the first daughter is named the silver child. After the birth of the second daughter, the farmers bring their gifts in a brass shell and the girl is named the brass child. After the birth of the third daughter, the people bring their gifts only in a wooden bowl, so the last daughter is named the timber child. This is Gameunjang-agi.

With her birth, luck and wealth come to the house of the beggar. The parents become rich, forget that they were once beggars and ask their daughters to whom they owe their good life. The first two daughters claim that they owe their happiness to heaven, earth, and their parents. However, the youngest daughter replies against their expectation, that she owed her happiness to heaven and earth, father and mother, and her own power. The father gets so angry that he throws his youngest daughter out of the house. In retaliation, Gameunjang-agi transform her sisters into a centipede and a mushroom while the two parents are afflicted with blindness.

Gameunjang-agi wanders around the country, finding shelter in the small house of a family with three sons. The first two sons come home with roots, cooking them and giving themselves the better parts. However, the third son saves the worst part of the root for himself, giving Gameunjang-agi a better part instead. Eventually, she and the third son fall in love. One day, they find roots of gold in the forest. Becoming wealthy, they marry and live in happiness.

But Gameunjang-agi begins to long for her parents, so she organizes a party for all the beggars and the blind in the country. From everywhere they come, but her parents she cannot discover. As the festival approaches to its end, a blind beggar couple runs about the place: the parents of Gameunjang-agi. She gives them food from the feast and makes herself known as their daughter. Her parents, in a shock, begin to regain their eyesight.


Batu Belah Batu Bertangkup (The Stone that Opens and Closes) is a Malay legend of a large boulder that has an open mouth like a cave where bloodcurdling screams would come out of. It was said that the stone had swallowed many humans that had come to worship it. A popular folk tale exists of a recent widow who, out of madness, ran into the jungle to be eaten by the boulder. Her two young children, Melur the elder sister and Pekan the younger brother, could not stop her and were left as orphans. An old woman started to visit Melur in her dreams. Through her guidance, Melur bred an unbeatable cockerel for her brother to champion. After winning against a match with the king’s own prized bird, the king offered his hand to Melur. When she was queen, she told the king of the boulder that swallowed her mother. The king’s entourage visited the great stone and the king himself shot an arrow into the cavern. In Malay legends, a king’s lineage owns divine, superstitious powers and since then, the boulder sat silent and unmoving.

Pjo Characters as things in my Google/Word doc

Annabeth: My for fun paper on the War On Drugs And How It Failed

Jason: My friend’s Half Series. All 5+ stories she’s written. 

Zozo: My brother’s paper about how East Asian Mythology and Greco-Roma Mythology have similar themes hidden in them

Leo: The Liability/Waver form I had my friend sign before reading my OWL au

Reyna: My OWL au in it’s entirety

Piper: That unfinished story I started making for this one person about the friendship/platonic rivalry between a goddess and her living shadow

Hazel: My Diamonds Are Worthless paper I wrote in a day (on vacation in Chicago) after procrastinating heavily on the original I was going to write (It was Gun Control, don’t ask why I just was in a huffy hate mood when I picked it out)

Rachel: My ‘classic trope with a twist’ plotline about a introverted ghost who loves potato chips and the Weather Channel

Percy: that time when the link to a word doc I needed for class didn’t work so I made a huge tri-green coloured font message that filled an entire page. All it said was “THE LINK DOESN’T WORK!!!”

Nico: My Horror-but-not-really-horror story plot twist

Drew: My Legally Blonde 2,000+ word assignment I completed for my teacher’s first CR (when it should have only been 500 words)

Malcolm: Both of my US History CR responses, both in standard MLA paragraph formatting, because my teacher told me that I should probably write shorter responses, effectively offending me because I worked hard on both of those mini responses and declared war on the CRs. He is no longer my teacher

Thalia: My latest wip chapter for my SOL au titled ‘Taxi Ride of Slimy Death’ that has been in wip for the past 3 or so months

Bianca: The notes I have for the OlyB au

Grover: My Impossibles Au! Where he’s actually going to be a major main character unlike 90% of my stories

Juniper: My friend’s story called “A Thousand Different Feelings” about a lesbian diabetic British high school girl living in America who’s girlfriend is the sweetest musician diabetic-acknowledged and they go through life together with bypassing the hateful-ex, regulating blood sugar issues, motorcycle rides, and general fluff

Ella: My notes for my SOL au

Frank: The two page long aaah scream I made for my SOL au - the doc is titled “I became the FBI’s ‘most wanted’”

Sally Jackson: Also one of my SOL docs - this one is titled Hakuna Mom-tata

random andi mack headcanons
  • cyrus totally calls buffy and marty mom and dad 
    • for christmas he gets them matching shirts that say ‘mom of cyrus’ and ‘dad of cyrus’ and he has one that says ‘cyrus’
  • bowie and bex like to take andi to places they’ve traveled/toured in before and take vacations there during the summer
  • celia has an annual/whenever they can go trip to china and this year is the first time in thirteen years that bex has gone with the rest of the family
    • bowie tags along too
  • marty 100% does shakespeare it’s the only explanation for that kid barely making sense half the time
    • the ghc (good hair crew) surprises him by showing up to a play he’s in and they tease him about his role for the next two months (he was antigonus–aka the guy who got eaten by a bear in The Winters Tale)
  • cyrus lowkey has a folder on his phone that’s just pictures of him and jonah
  • bex is cyrus’ gay mentor and also helps the rest of ghc when they’re questioning (no one in andi mack is straight but amber)
    • bex subtly hints at andi to start dating a girl (after she realizes she’s bi) because she deserves better than jonah 
    • she’s also conflicted on whether to drive cyrus towards or away from jonah cause she has no clue whether that boy is straight
    • “he can’t be that hard to figure out!” “cyrus the boy smells like axe bodyspray and does parkour but i also once saw him wear crocs unironically. remember rule 46?” “*sigh* no straight boy wears crocs unironically”
  • marty and cyrus are like lowkey good friends and sometimes gossip together but no one else really knows???
  • when the ghc has sleepovers they stay up late and talk about cryptids and conspiracies
    • andi’s really into east asian mythology and cryptids but buffy and cyrus are generic
    • buffy wants to fly to the scottish highlands to see her wife nessie
    • “cyrus you have to understand bigfoot is pretty much a joke by now” “are you telling me my boyfirends a joke”



Toyotama-hime, better known as Otohime [乙姫], is the Japanese goddess of dragons and the sea. She is the daughter of the sea King Ryujin.

Otohime lived in the sea until a young hunter named Hoori came upon her parts of the water, looking for a fishing hook that belonged to his brother. He usually hunted in the mountains, and his brother Hoderi fished, but they had decided to exchange equipment for a day. Hoori lost his brother’s best fishing hook and went under the sea to find it. Otohime saw him and asked her father to help him in his quest. He found the hook, and also found love with the goddess and they were married.

After a few years in living in the underwater palace, Hoori began to long for the world above. He convinced Otohime to go with him. She was pregnant with his child and consented, so long as he would promise not to watch when she gave birth. He agreed and they returned to the surface. Hoori built a house for them to live in, and it was not long until the time of the birth came. At first, he waited patiently outside, but his curiosity got the better of him, and he peeked inside. It was then that he saw a huge black dragon holding a tiny baby. Otohime, who had changed into her alternate form of the dragon to give birth, was ashamed that her husband had seen her in that form, and so she left him and the newborn child to return to the sea.

anonymous asked:

The story I would like to write is about a Korean American girl who's a Gumiho (or Kumiho depending on spelling). She's adopted by a Japanese Kitsune family and has always thought she was one too. When she finds out that she's not, she starts being afraid of hurting her friends. I wanted to play with the Kumiho being always chaotic evil in myths, but I'm a little worried that I would be portraying Koreans as bad people in general though. It's a world where Kitsune, Kumiho, & Huli jing coexist.

Demonization of Koreans

I’m actually wondering why the kumiho is portrayed as chaotic evil while the kitsune aren’t. I’m not that great with East Asian mythology, but one of the things that does stand out is that fox spirits in East Asia (China/Japan/Korea) are pretty much all considered chaotic evil to some extent? Like there’s some exceptions that do exist, but it always seems like in general they’re all demonic/antagonistic, so I find anon’s reasoning arbitrary.

I invite my fellow East Asians that are more well-versed in kitsune, kumiho, and hulijing to comment. I admit to being out of my depth here.

—mod Jess 

I’m not well-versed in East Asian mythology, either! I do know that kumiho are often seen as malevolent. Ancient Korean texts, however, don’t seem to paint them as unilaterally evil. I don’t know much about kitsune or huli jing.

One solution to your issue, Anon, is to have more Korean characters in your text, so it’s clear that you’re not painting all Koreans as evil.

While there’s a mythological component to your work, there’s also themes like East Asian identity, Asian American identity, adoption, innate evil, etc within your work, and being prepared to tackle those as sensitively and empathetically as possible is going to be important. Please do not overlook researching things like the experiences of adoptees while you write, particularly Korean American adoptees. 

As Jess said, though, we’d love to hear from fellow East Asians on this one. What’s your take? If you’ve got advice or insight for Anon, please share!

~mod Stella