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Kitsune by Kiyoshi Nozaki
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Feb 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: folklore, anthropology, non-fiction, 2010
Recommended to Hilary by: Sam
Recommended for: Selene
Read from February 23 to March 01, 2010

This book was a fascinating overview of the Kistune myth in Japanese history. Rather than delving into analysis, the book simply presented texts (or summaries of the texts) themselves with accompanying old illustrations of the like. The book was divided into several sections, each detailing a different place where the Kistune myth had popped up (i.e. books, poetry, No plays, etc.)

While I think the book would have benefited from some analysis, the stories were still very entertaining and some of them seemed to give a certain idea of the folklore's development. In particular, the section of fox-possession was interesting as it included several case-studies of people who had been possessed by foxes.

Rather than satiating my interest, this book only seemed to further it, which I suppose is a good thing overall. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic of Kistune, however I would not recommend it to people who are looking for a truly in-depth study of the phenomenon itself.
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