Friday, September 5, 2008

Children of a trickier God

This is, sadly, my last post in the stuff found at LicoLico mall series. I've returned to a Japanese look today with traditional fabric and a gothic kimono shape -- the mask intrigued me the moment I saw it. It's a festival mask, very well made, of a kitsune, or fox. Both are from the Japanese cosplay shop AKIBE.

WikiFur says, Kitsune (Japanese: 狐) is, literally, Japanese for fox. However, in English usage, kitsune usually refers to the magical fox-spirit, which a fox can become. In Japanese mythology, a fox who lives long enough and gains a great deal of knowledge will reach an enlightened state, the Eastern sense of the 'fox spirit'. These supernatural beings serve as the cultural trickster, akin to Loki, Coyote, Eris, and many others. (Source. Did you know that furries have their own wikipedia? I didn't until just this second.)

In Japan, the kitsune mask is used during festivals for a specific dance, the fox dance (of course) -- specifically on the 15th of August at Himeshima Village's Bon Odori. I'll have to remember this for next year!

So why are fox spirits so universally akin to the trickster god? Jung would say that all of our beliefs come from the same mystical root, the collective unconscious. Somewhere deep in our psyche we're all thinking more or less the same thing, that foxes sure look tricksy. I'm not sure what I believe. Maybe a small band of traveling Ainu spread fox stories around the world? Your guess is as good as mine...

It's still good to know that foxes beat humans in the bad behavior department. Maybe we invented them to feel relieved that we aren't the naughtiest children of the creator.

***Earrings: Violet Voltaire Glitterati in black
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Coronis in Ivory
***Outfit: [ AKIBE ] Kimono dress in black, long
***Mask: [ AKIBE ] Kitsune mask - black2
***Shoes: =^^= FUKUNEKO Gion project free geta
***Poses: *SALA* kimono_AO
***Photo location: Kyoto Gosho


Siri said...

Hi Ach!

I'm working on the manuscripts of Okakura Kakuzo, who wrote the libretto for the opera "The White Fox" and thought I'd send along a link of the text for your perusal...if you can see through the eye slits of your mask ;).

Candy Flanagan said...

Wha a lovely look, I just adore masks ... and everything Japanese! :D

- Candy