General - This animal appears in myths of many countries, often as a trickster or shape-changer. (1) In Chinese stories, the fox is a shape-changer that becomes a wizard when it reaches the age of 100 years. At the age of 1,000, the animal goes to heaven as the Celestial Fox which has nine tails and serves as a means of transport for the celestial spirits. (2) In the European classic, Reynard the Fox, the leading character gets into all sorts of scrapes but manages to escape his just desserts. (3) In Japan the fox is the embodiment of Inari as Spirit of Rain. Others say that the fox, Ktsune, carries messages for Inari. (4) In North America, Brer Fox is another trickster who becomes involved in many escapades. At times, identified as fox.

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