Japanese folktales

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some Japanese creatures of myth and the celestial beings of legend

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Japanese folktales

  1. 1. Japanese Folktales and Myths
  2. 2. • adapted from the Chinese mythology • Corresponding season, elements, and color GENBU (tortoise) • Longevity and wisdom • Black • Foretelling of the future • Northern direction • Water Element 4Four Gods
  3. 3. • BYAKKO (WHITE TIGER) • Western direction • Metal element • Righteousness • God of war (fights armies and demons) 4Four Gods
  4. 4. • SUZAKU (PHOENIX) • Vermillion bird • Southern direction • Fire element • The empress • Noble behavior 4Four Gods
  5. 5. • SEIRYU (DRAGON) • Azure • Eastern direction • Wood element • Propriety • Supports and maintains the country • Control’s rain (Emperor) • Benevolent and powerful 4Four Gods
  6. 6. • KOURYU • Yellow dragon of the Center • Earth element • A hornless dragon that symbolizes the emperor of Japan 4Four Gods
  7. 7. • Kitsune • Fox • a prominent feature in Japanese folklore since 7th century • In traditional Japanese religion, the rice god, Inari takes the form of a fox and also employs foxes as his servants and messengers. • typically depicted as evil creatures who can invade and possess people's bodies. SomeMythicalCreatures
  8. 8. • Nine Tails • Kyubi • depicted as a malevolent fox spirit who usually takes the form of a woman, manipulating and causing death and destruction • In many stories, the kyubi escapes from its killers and re-appears to wreck havoc after a span of many years SomeMythicalCreatures
  9. 9. • Yuki-Onna • a female spirit who appears during a snowstorm • Usually malevolent, but is sometimes portrayed as lonely and seeking love • Can control snow and ice SomeMythicalCreatures

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