Sharing my love of folklore, mythology, fantasy, literature, music, art history, medieval studies, prehistory, shamanism, animals, and nature. I am forever longing for the lands of the North...the lakes, the forests, the midnight sun, and the lights that flicker in the dark winter sky.
Deer in art, myth, and poetry on Myth & Moor:
The art above is: “Brother and Sister” (cover image for an edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales) by John Barton Gruelle, “The Mystic Wood” by John William Waterhouse, photograph of a newborn muntjac fawn, “White-tail Fawn Reclining” (bronze) by Mark Rossi, “This Isn’t Happiness” (installation) by Myeongbeom Kim, and winged deer in a medieval French tapestry design.
Mythology: Kitsune [Japanese folklore]
Supernatural abilities commonly attributed to the kitsune include possession, mouths or tails that generate fire or lightning (known as kitsune-bi; literally, fox-fire), willful manifestation in the dreams of others, flight, invisibility, and the creation of illusions so elaborate as to be almost indistinguishable from reality. Some tales speak of kitsune with even greater powers, able to bend time and space, drive people mad, or take fantastic shapes such as a tree of incredible height or a second moon in the sky. Other kitsune have characteristics reminiscent of vampires or succubi and feed on the life or spirit of human beings, generally through sexual contact. [x]