Sunday, October 19, 2014

In Which I See a FOX

A  L  O  H  A !
The Fox by Wes Montgomery on Grooveshark
No foxes in Hawaii, but is that. . . . ?

“ A fox 
passing through the wood
 on business of his own 
stopped several minutes 
and sniffed. ” 
                      J.R.R. Tolkien, 
                                      The Fellowship of the Ring

Bushy tail, pointy snout, ears pricked-
Ready to bolt at their approach

“ Hungry for beautiful words, 
the fox comes rooting 
around in the hedge. . .
 He reads my mind 
with one glance and is 
gone. ” 
                  Jay Woodman

Beguiled by a Kitsune!

“Nothing's perfect," 
sighed the fox. ” 
 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 
The Little Prince

" When a fox is fifty years old,
 it can transform itself 
into a woman. 

When it is one hundred, 
it becomes 
a beautiful woman 
or a shaman; 

Some become men
 and have sex 
with women. 

They can know events 
from more than a thousand li away 
and are good at witchcraft, 

beguiling people and
 making them 
lose their senses. "
                           Guo Pu, 
                                   Records from Within the Recondite


Thank You
for magically
appearing here!
               Warmly, cloudia

Books and Theses on Spirit Foxes:
Bathgate, Michael R. The Shapeshifter Fox: The Imagery of Transformation and the Transformation of Imagery in Japanese Religion and Folklore. Chicago: The University of Chicago, June 2001. Doctoral thesis.
Blacker, Carmen. The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Japanese Shamanistic Practices. Routledge Curzon, 1999.
A thorough description of Japanese shamanism that includes an entire chapter on magical animals, including kitsune.
Davis, Winston. Dojo: Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1980. 
A study of the Sukyo Mahikari sect, a religion that believes in possession by spirit animals and the dead. The author describes several cases of fox possession and exorcism.   Link


Anita said...

Ohh I looove that little fox and the saings from famous writers!!Specially I like the Tolkien:)))Lord of the Rings..bestmovie ever! :) [•ิ‿•ิ]❀

Adam said...

nice quotes

EG CameraGirl said...

I have to confess that the first two photos got me, Cloudia! ;)

Friko said...

A lovely post, playful and romantic.

And there was I thinking you had actually discovered an unknown phenomenon.

Still, I enjoyed myself.

eileeninmd said...

Cloudia, I love these quotes and the "fox" images. Very cute.. have a happy day!

TexWisGirl said...

very cool fox. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh you're a cheeky one Cloudia :) you had me fooled for a sec, I thought 'foxes in Hawaii.. maybe?' :)

Birdman said...

You had me fooled.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

P.s. I wonder if there were any Aussies out there riding the Hurricane Ana waves? Thankfully Pixie didn't become survival dinner :) :)

FilipBlog said...

I first tought it was a cat. Nice pictures.


Teresa said...

Very, very cool. Of course the Chinese fox fairies beguile men with their insatiable appetites for sex...They literally drain the men dry.

RedPat said...

You fooled me at first too! ;-)

Hilary said...

I totally fell for it. :) I think you couldn't manage to sculpt something to look more like a fox from a distance than this. Very cool.

William Kendall said...

You had me looking more than once and wondering!

Cloudia said...

SO cool that you folks (esp the Canadians :) who HAVE seen foxes were fooled! I wasn't sure that this would "fly" but a Teresa points out: Fox Spirits are powerful beings in Asian culture.

Yes, Perth, I'm certain that some OZ folk are here thoroughly enjoying NATURE!

Thanks each of YOU! I really enjoy our sharing-

Small Kucing said...

LOl.....for a moment there i thought it was...

Brian Miller said...

ha. you had me for a second....we had a little kit that played around the outfield fence at the baseball was cool to watch him play....

aloha from va

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on your POTW!

joeh said...

Definitely got me!

Well done...very foxy.

ds said...

HA! This is awesome. You got me with the first shot, then I thought, mongoose? Clearly not. Clever clever you. Congratulations on your POTW!!!