In Welsh mythology, the Cŵn Annwn are the white bodied, red eared hounds of the Welsh otherworld, Annwn. In the first branch of the Mabinogi, they are Arawn’s hunting dogs, but they are usually associated with a form of the Wild Hunt presided over by Gwyn ap Nudd.
The baying of the hunting Cŵn Annwn is said to be loudest when they are far away, becoming quieter and quieter as they approach.
Well that sure sounds familiar…
Sounds like the statues of Inari’s fox messengers that flank his-and-her shrines…
This is kind of a rant I guess.
I wish more people actually knew what “kitsune” (of Japanese lore) were. I typed it in the search here on Tumblr and all I got were pictures of like, little chibi with fox ears and tails or drawings of girls with fox ears and huge boobs. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that a fox (nogitsune) is supposed to be able to shape-shift into anything, especially an attractive woman. But I kinda just wish that when I searched for “kitsune”, more pictures like these would come up:
Instead of those other pictures I described before. Ya know?
I share your frustration