#atozchallenge – K is for Kuminho, bewitching young men


A fox who lives for a thousand years becomes a dread, hungry spirit.

Tales abound of the Kuminho or Guminho, shapeshifting fox women who seek the hearts of men … for dinner. They can become beautiful seductresses – there are even tales of a Kuminho who become a twin of a young man’s bride, hoping to ensnare him. It was only when her clothes were removed that her fox-like nature was revealed.

As they can survive only by consuming human hearts, the Kuminho may yet prowl the Korean countryside, bewitching men with their deceptive beauty.


Image by Helen Jo