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Kumiho by phoenixsamurai Kumiho by phoenixsamurai
Call it what you like... Kumiho, Kyuubi, Nine-tails... it's the nine-tailed fox from Asian folklore. It was originally intended to be part of a much larger photo-montage of some kids fighting a demon, but I'm not so sure that will work after seeing these results. Sort of my first whack at photo manipulation in about 3 years, and I'm not too sure I'm happy with it, mostly because of the quality of the photos I had to work with. This is actually 6 different photos. I know there are only 5 tails visible, but adding them was getting tedious, and looking a little absurd... plus I was out of tails. ^_^ The way I figure, the rest are obscured behind the ones you can see and her body.
So I made it all grayscale to negate some color inconsistencies between photos, and plopped it all together, then colorized it and put a Median filter on it. Hooray for Photoshop. If I was going to do this right, I'd take photos myself (but it would be hard to make a fox angry and not scare it away). Of course, I'd still never be able to get it to look just right, so maybe a drawing is the better way to go. I also wanted to add fire and other effects to it, but meh.
Anyway, let me know what you think. I think it could still use some work, and the help of a good masking tool.
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El-Drago-800 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Oh shit, SCP-953 breached containment again, run!!
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phoenixsamurai Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Hehehehe... ^_^
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bayonet-alchemist Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Such an awesome manip~! If I didn't know better, I would have thought it real xDD
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phoenixsamurai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Hehehehe, thanks! ^_^;
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sijo4ever Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
i know...
kumiho is a korean legendary creature!!!

The kumiho (lit. "nine-tailed fox") is a creature that appears in the oral tales and legends of Korea. Unlike its Japanese and Chinese counterparts (the kitsune and the huli jing), that are sometimes considered benevolent creatures, the Korean kumiho is always depicted as evil.[1] According to those tales, a fox that lives a thousand years turns into a kumiho. It can freely transform , among other things, into a beautiful girl often set out to seduce men. There are numerous tales in which the kumiho appears. Several of those can be found in the encyclopedic Compendium of Korean Oral Literature (한국 구비문학 대계;).

While the kumiho is capable of changing its appearance, there is still something persistently fox-like about it; its countenance changes, but its nature does not. In "Transformation of the Kumiho" (구미호의 변신;), a kumiho transforms into an identical likeness of a bride at a wedding. Not even the bride's mother can tell the difference. The kumiho is only discovered when her clothes are removed. "Pak Munsu and the Kumiho" (박문수와 구미호;) records an encounter that Pak Munsu has with a girl, living alone in the woods, that has a fox-like appearance. In "The Maiden who Discovered a Kumiho through a Chinese Poem" (한시로 구미호를 알아낸 처녀;) The kumiho was ultimately revealed when a hunting dog caught the scent of the fox and attacked.

Although it is typically depicted as a woman when it transforms into a human being, the kumiho in the tale of "The Maiden who Discovered a Kumiho through a Chinese Poem" (한시로 구미호를 알아낸 처녀;) turns into a young man that attempts to trick the maiden in marrying him. However, this is the only case in which it transforms into a man.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: A Kumiho (구미호;) is one of the creatures in the category of Yokwe (요괴;) and therefore usually not included among the seven Kwyshin (귀신;) or Shin (신;) categories.

Although they are considered as having the ability to morph into other forms, the true identity of a Kumiho was said to be zealously guarded by the Kumiho's themselves. There are also legends in which these transformations are said to be involuntary.

It is unclear at which point in time Koreans began viewing the Kumiho as a purely evil creature, since many of the ancient texts mention benevolent Kumihos assisting humans. In fact, ironically enough, many of the older texts make more frequent mention of wicked humans tricking kind but na´ve Kumihos.

As the mythology of the Kumiho evolved it was later believed that a Kumiho had to consume human hearts in order to survive. In later literatures they are often depicted as flesh-hungry half-fox, half-human things that wandered the cemeteries at night, digging human hearts out from graves.

Like all other Yokwe the Kumiho was thought to grow wise with age and with enough training, eventually learn to morph itself into various forms, including human. Thus they are often depicted as beautiful young maidens that trick unsuspecting men and later consume their hearts.

Another version was that the Kumiho must eat livers. This was due to the fact that the liver contained the energy of a human, meaning that it processes the food and gives energy, thus making it the container of the working force/life of a human. It is not the stomach though it is commonly referred to as the storehouse of chi. This is possibly because chi differs from the specifics.

Another version of the mythology, however, holds that with enough will a Kumiho could further ascend from its Yokwe state and become fully, permanently human and lose its evil character. Explanations of how this could be achieved vary, but they sometimes include aspects such as refraining from killing or tasting meat for a thousand days, or obtaining a Yeoiju (여의주;) and making sure that the Yeoiju saw the fullmoon at least every month during the ordeal (Unlike Yeoiju wielding dragons, Kumiho were not thought to be capable of omnipotence or creation at will since they were lesser creatures).

The idea of a beast becoming fully human is in fact quite heavily embedded in Korean mythology, such as the case in which a bear becomes a woman through a harsh ordeal in the Dangun mythology. They represent the widely appreciated Korean values of patience, virtue, and self-sacrifice.
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chibikenshin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
There's always....the local zoo? But I don't think you'd be able to get it angry.
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phoenixsamurai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
I could throw stuff at it. I bet that would get it mad.
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chibikenshin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2004
Sure, if you want to get arrested by the zoo staff...
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phoenixsamurai Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2004
Do zoo staff have teh authority to arrest people?
I haven't been to the zoo in so long. And thinking about it, it's kind of depressing. All those animals in captivity, locked up in cages with nothing to do all dya but sleep and wait to be fed...

;_;
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serdarot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
The idea is really nice, but yeah, the low quality of the pic does show up.
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