I am a big fan of the Japanese heavy metal band Babymetal. Back in 2016, I was literally addicted to their music. One thing I found intriguing in their lyrics is that they always mention the “Fox God”. When I looked into it, they were referring to a spirit in Japanese folklore called Kitsune which literally translates into English as “Fox”. The name Kitsune can be heard in one of their songs titled Megitsune (2013)
If you watch the video, 2 minutes and 3 seconds into the song, the lead singer, Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-metal), starts singing a chant. The chant goes as follows;
Watashi was megitsune
Onna was joyuu yo."
"A fox, a fox
I'm a female fox
Women are actresses."
According to Nakamoto, the song relates to foxes, who disguise themselves for deception in Japanese mythology, to women, who disguise themselves with makeup. Foxes are similar to women as they can keep their true feelings hidden, even through hard times, leaving a cool impression.
In Japan, the fox is a common animal that’s native to the island. In ancient Japan, they created folklore around the fox. According to Japanese legend, foxes have supernatural powers and can shapeshift into human form. Legend has it that foxes are known to transform themselves into beautiful women. The Kitsune can be a seductress and tempt men into marrying them, according to Japanese myth. In other tales, foxes can also be male, and can also be tricksters and even disagreeable or malevolent. There are also stories that the fox or Kitsune can possess a person’s body.
In the Shinto religion, Kitsune is closely associated with the kami “Inari Okami”, the Japanese kami (spirit) of foxes, fertility, rice, agriculture, and industry.
NUMEROLOGY: FOX = 666
To get a little bit off topic, I just want to include this information. “FOX” is the shortest word with a value of 666 in the English Gematria, because F = 6, O = 60, and X = 600. The word Fox occurs only one time in the English New Testament when Jesus was warned King Herod was about to kill him in Luke 13:32 KJV.
“And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.”
Jesus was a calling King Herod a fox, meaning King Herod was a type of antichrist.
In the world of comic books, in DC Comics, there is a character in the Batman comics names Lucius Fox. The name Lucius is another form of the name Luke and is Latin for “Light”.
THE NINE TAILS
Years ago there was a Japanese manga series called Naruto. I remember watching the first episode on DVD. In the first episode this giant fox with 9 tails destroyed a town. Eventually, this giant fox was defeated by a ninja. Oddly enough, the ninja sealed the fox inside the body of his newborn son, Naruto. Naruto doesn’t find out until years later. When I started doing my research on Kitsune, I absolutely had no idea that the fox with the 9 tails was also another form of Kitsune.
The fox with the 9 tails also appears on another Japanese anime cartoon series called Pokémon.
In Japanese folklore, a Kitsune (fox) can have up to nine tails. it is said that a fox will only grow additional tails after it has lived 100 years. Generally, a greater number of tails indicates an older and more powerful fox. Foxes with 9 tails were very powerful and were considered to be on the same level as a Shinto god, and people would sacrifice to them as if they were a regular deity. When a Kitsune grows nine tails, their fur turns either white or gold. They also develop super sight and hearing.
The Kitsune with the nine tails reminds me a lot of the Nagas serpent with 9 heads in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
To the reader, if you have anything you would like to add or contribute concerning the symbolism and metaphysics of the Kitsune, please comment below!