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The Chinese nine-tailed fox is a mythical fox that existed thousands of years ago. Before 770 BC, the nine-tailed fox looked like a fox, but it had nine tails and could make a baby-like sound. If a person eats the meat of a nine-tailed fox, they can get rid of all kinds of evil spirits, just like wearing a Taoist priest’s magical talisman. As recorded in The Classic of Mountains and Seas, "In the mountains of Qingqiu, its side face sun has jade and its other side has indigo. In the mountain, there is a fox, its shape like a fox with nine tails, its sound is like a baby, it can eat people, and those who eat it will not be captured by evil spirits." And, according to historical records, seeing this kind of nine-tailed fox can become the emperor.
In ancient China, It was with the help of the nine-tailed fox that Dayu, the first emperor of the Xia Dynasty, ascended the throne and became a famous virtuous king in Chinese history. It is recorded in Wuyue Spring and Autumn “When Dayu was thirty years old, he did not marry, then he saw a nine-tailed white fox in Tushan, and thought it was a good omen for him to become a king, so he married this Tushan girl”. Dayu came to Tushan for dredging the water, then he met the Nine-tailed fox growing in Tushan, so he asked her to marry him as a wife. The wife is not only beautiful but also virtuous. She waited patiently for her husband at home during he was doing the flood control, and delivered food for him when Dayu needed it, and later in order to protect Dayu’s son in her belly, she turned into stone, and his child Qi became the second king of the Xia Dynasty.
Since then, the nine-tailed fox has appeared in various historical periods in China in various forms. People can see its figure on the bronze wares in the Zhou Dynasty, and then it appeared next to the West Queen Mother together with Toad and Sanzuwu. Also, there are nine-tailed auspicious foxes in the Han and Tang Dynasties, the bad spirits foxes in Wei and Jin Dynasties, and the nine-tailed foxes in sexy women’s bodies to confuse people in Ming and Qing Dynasties and so on. In short, the different forms of nine-tailed foxes in Chinese history are closely related to the rise and fall of China's historical development. Let's walk into the metaverse world of Mopii together to unlock more stories about the Nine-Tailed Fox that links Chinese history.
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