#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






4 comments on “#atozchallenge – K is for Kuminho, bewitching young men

  1. Dark, but interesting. Spooky. I can imagine the Kuminho showing up in some really good-terror inducing stories.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

  2. birgit says:

    Oh these women who seduce men and bleed them dry and take their hearts-wicked wicked

  3. Oh, my, quite the story and image to go with it. Interesting, so much centers around deceptive beauty. Real or not.
    Silvia @

  4. Love these folktale characters! I’d heard of the fox-women before, maybe in a fairytale somewhere… Fascinating. Gory, but fascinating.
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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