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Kitsune (狐, IPA:
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fox. There are a lot of foxes in
Japanese folklore. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as having
magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. The most important of their magic tricks is the ability to
assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others — as foxes in folklore often do — others portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.
Foxes and human beings lived close together in
ancient Japan; this is why there are legends about them. Kitsune have become closely associated with
kami or spirit, and serve as his messengers. A kitsune is the messenger of Death. This role has reinforced the fox's supernatural importance. The more tails a kitsune has — they may have as many as nine — the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make
offerings to them as to a god. There are also appearing's of Kitsunes in Teen Wolf.