japanese-mythology

#JLMyōkaioftheday : Tenko , or “Heavenly/celestial nine-tailed fox” ✨🦊✨

When a kitsune (fox yōkai) grows its ninth tail, it becomes a “kyūbi no kitsune”, one of the most powerful legendary yōkai in Japanese mythology. Then, when it reaches 1000 years, it becomes even more powerful than that (and also turns gold)! It becomes a tenko. ✨

Tenko is the highest rank of foxes, and can ascend to the heavens and can command or punish lower-ranked kitsune. It can also possess a human being and grant that person divine spiritual powers. 👜n
򛬨art by @littlemisspaintbrush 🎨

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They’re all here! I took it upon myself to create an illustration of a Mythological creature or character for every letter of the alphabet, trying to span across a multitude of cultures and creature-types. Another thing I wanted to accomplish with this project was to find some the more unusual and/or obscure creatures that don’t get as much representation in artwork. Individual Tumblr Posts with said creatures’ descriptions are below.

Again, I’ll be making this into a small run of books as a way to test the waters. If there’s more demand for a larger run, I’ll definitely be looking into it!

All REBLOGS are appreciated! 

Bestiary Alphabetum: Each Entry is clickable!

A is for Ammit

B is for The Beast of Gevaudan

C is for Cockatrice

D is for Dullahan

E is for Eurynomos

F is for Faun

G is for Grendel

H is for Harpy

I is for Indus Worm

J is for Jersey Devil

K is for Krampus

L is for Lamassu

M is for Manticore

N is for Nuckelavee

O is for Otoroshi

P is for Penanggalan

Q if for Questing Beast

R is for Rangda

S is for Succubus

T is for Tzitzimitl

U is for Ushi-Oni

V is for Vegetable Lamb

W is for Wyvern

X is for Xing Tian

Y is for Yara-Ma-Yha-Who

Z is for Ziphius

|bts au| Japanese Mythology

  • Jimin as Ningyo

Ningyo (人魚,often translated as “mermaid”) is a fish-like creature from Japanese folklore.Anciently, it was described with  shining golden scales, and a quiet voice like a skylark or a flute. Its flesh is pleasant-tasting, and anyone who eats it will attain remarkable longevity. However, catching a ningyo was believed to bring storms and misfortune, so fishermen who caught these creatures were said to throw them back into the sea. A ningyo washed onto the beach was an omen of war or calamity.


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30 Days of Mythical Tricksters  → Day 18: Kitsune

The red fox crosses the ice
intent on none of my business.
It’s winter and slim pickings.

I stand in the bushy cemetery,
pretending to watch birds,
but really watching the fox
who could care less.
She pauses on the sheer glare
of the pond. She knows I’m there,
sniffs me in the wind at her shoulder.
If I had a gun or dog
or a raw heart, she’d smell it.
She didn’t get this smart for nothing.

She’s a lean vixen: I can see
the ribs, the sly
trickster’s eyes, filled with longing
and desperation, the skinny
feet, adept at lies.

Why encourage the notion
of virtuous poverty?

It’s only an excuse
for zero charity.
Hunger corrupts, and absolute hunger
corrupts absolutely,
or almost. Of course there are mothers,
squeezing their breasts
dry, pawning their bodies,
shedding teeth for their children,
or that’s our fond belief.
But remember - Hansel
and Gretel were dumped in the forest
because their parents were starving.
Sauve qui peut. To survive
we’d all turn thief

and rascal, or so says the fox,
with her coat of an elegant scoundrel,
her white knife of a smile,
who knows just where she’s going:

to steal something
that doesn’t belong to her -
some chicken, or one more chance,
or other life.”

Margaret Atwood

i.
no girl can survive in fire,
they say
no girl can taste the sun,
they say

(she closes her eyes and keeps her head bowed down
a girl has no words against a man)

ii.
no girl can touch the stars,
they say
no girl can bend the universe to her will,
they say

(she keeps her tongue locked and her teeth clenched
a girl has no need to speak up her mind)

iii.
no girl can have so much power,
they say
no girl can touch the light,
they say

(she bristles and stops, eyes focused
a girl is a goddess if she lets the light rush in)

iv.
Amaterasu smiles -
and the universe crumbles

- Amaterasu | r.m

Unlike many other dragons found through out the world the Chinese Long and the Japanese Ryu are benevolent yet powerful celestial beings. Protectorates, bringers of rain and good fortune their effigies are regularly seen in Buddhist, Shinto and Daoist structures.
They are just all around the best of the dragon world in my opinion.

Japanese Ghost & Demons Art of the Supernatural Edited by Stephen Addiss

George Braziller Inc 1985

Scans courtesy of Mark Jiro Okui

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for @hynpos mythological event day 12 Favorite Japanese deity pair/group or myth creature

Amaterasu 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, when she pulled “food from her 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.