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Fox Symbolism and Mythologies In Different Cultures & Countries

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The Fox Symbolism

The Fox Symbolism

Fox Symbolism

Normally we considers foxes to be a symbol of cleverness, slyness, but in many Cultures symbolize them with spirituality, creation, and omens in the afterlife. The different cultures, and mythologies depict them in different ways, sometimes with negative symbols or as positive symbols.


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What do Foxes Symbolize?

What do Foxes Symbolize?

Fox Symbolism In Different Countries

Fox has special significance in the folklore and culture of the different culture and folk fare, their description is found in the folk tales of almost all cultures. In some cultures they are considered negative and in some they are considered a symbol of positive. Know what is the symbolism of foxes in different countries,


Foxes have special significance in Native American culture and folklore. According to their belief, the presence of a fox in the life of a good person is a good symbol, but the presence of foxes in the lives of bad people is a symbolism of Desit and Trikeri.

Arabian Countries

According to the classical Arabic and Persian literatures, foxes are depicted as clever, cunning, and selfish. They have been called cowards, who mostly resort to deception for their success.


Foxes have special importance in China, foxes are depicted as a spirit possessed of magic powers. In China, foxes are often depicted as mischievous, according to Chinese folk tales, they can trick people by changing their appearance to be a beautiful woman.

People living in China and the areas above Shandong, northern China worship the Fox God and it is the most popular deity there.


According to the Celtic Folklore, foxes symbolize incomparable wisdom and intelligence, in England. Foxes are honored for their wisdom, which are considered the ultimate guide in both the physical and spiritual worlds.


According to French mythology, foxes are considered to be clever and intelligent, but they were taken to be the incarnation of of slyness and cunning.


Animals have special importance in Hinduism of India, Many animals such as such deer, boar, foxes, antelopes, boars, gazelles, jackals, lions, monkeys, rabbits, wolves, bears, beavers, rats, etc. are described in the ancient Vedas in India. In Hinduism, most of these animals are sacred and known as vehicles of gods and goddesses. But foxes are depicted as sly animals, who always achieve their destination by deceit.

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Fox is a sacred animal in Japanese Shinto belief, They are depicted in Japan, as a symbol of intelligence that possesses the magical abilities and can shift their shape into human form. According to Japanese Yokai folklore, foxes have the ability to change their shape into human form.


In Korean culture fox is an animal related to the afterlife. According to Korean beliefs, foxes are master cheater, which trick women and steal them.


Foxes have an important role among Slavic people, according to Russian folklore, foxes are depicted as a clever and witty woman. In Russian fairy tales, foxes always have the upper hand in everything their plots, and they would often trick their counterparts.

The Fox Mythologies

The Fox Mythologies

What Do Foxes Symbolize In Ancient Mythologies

Greek Mythology

Despite being weaker than both the wolf and the bear in physical ability, the fox defeats both that symbolizes the victory of wisdom and knowledge over malice and brute force.

Mesopotamian Mythology

Fox is one of the sacred animals of goddess Ninhursag (The nurturing or fertility goddess), also known as Damgalnuna or Ninmah. She was the one of the seven great deities of Sumer, and ancient Sumerian mother goddess of the mountains.

Greek and Roman Mythology

The Teumessian fox, or Cadmean vixen, was a monstrous child of Typhon and Echidna, and gigantic fox that was destined never to be caught. The beast was put to use by Dionysus, who sent it to havoc Thebes and kill the children of the city.

Inari Japanese mythology

Kitsune is usually described as cunning, intelligent and having paranormal abilities that often residing at Shinto shrines. Fox is a sacred animal in Japanese Shinto belief, Its Inari (worshipped at the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Kyoto), the god of fertility and rice cultivation.

Japanese believe the fox spirit arrived to Japan in seventh century. And since then, people in Japan depict them as intelligent beings that possess magical abilities. According to Japanese Yokai folklore, foxes have the ability to change their shape into human form. Japanese people believe that the Japanese foxes have additional boons than their Chinese sister foxes. Which are classified and known as,

Kitsune: The standard term for a spirit fox.
Youko: Spirit Fox, an uncommon term.
Myobu: The Celestial fox, which is sworn to Inari's service.

Chinese Mythology

Nine-tailed foxes appear in Chinese folklore that is depicted as a familiar spirit possessed of magic powers. Nine-tailed foxes appear in Chinese folklore which is depicted as a familiar spirit possessed of magic powers and depending on the tale that can be a good or a bad omen. The Fox spirit is a common motif in the mythology of East Asian countries, depicted in various forms such as,

  • Húli jīng: The fox spirit in China
  • Kitsune: Fox spirit in Japan
  • Kumho: The nine-tailed fox, in Korea

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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