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Japanese mythology is widely known throughout the furry fandom via the popularity of manga and animé. Boasting over 8 million different gods, the mythology is a complex interweaving of Shinto, Buddhist and agricultural folk beliefs. The various animal spirits, known as Yōkai, from the mythos particularly lend themselves to furry art and characters.
Popular species include:
- Tanuki (raccoons)
- Kitsune (foxes)
- Bakeneko and nekomata (cats)
- Ōkami (wolves)
- Inugami (dogs)
- Tengu (birds)
More obscure, but appropriate, species also include:
- Hebi (snakes)
- Mujina (badgers)
- Tsuchigumo (giant spiders)
- Houkou (five-tailed dogs)
- Kamaitachi (sickle-wielding weasels)
- Kappa (water-dwelling creatures with turtle-like shells)
- Japanese mythology on Wikipedia, particularly the section on mythical creatures