#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.

Sources:

Image by Helen Jo

http://fromkoreawithlove.org/2011/10/28/kumiho-the-nine-tailed-fox/

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/k/kumiho.html

http://academia.issendai.com/fox-korean.shtml

 

 

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 @
    SilviaWrites

  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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