The fox spirit (Huli jing) or nine-tailed fox (jiuweihu) from Chinese mythology. First documented in the Classic of Mountains and Seas. The mythical fox like creatures have voices like human infants and live in the mountains of Qingqiu.
According to myth, a fox is usually born with one tail and gains another every 100 years with proper Taoist practice. Each tail makes the fox more powerful. There are many legends containing nine-tailed foxes as prolific shapeshifters, often taking the form of seductive women.
Fox worship dates back to the Tang and Song dynasty in China.
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