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Tanuki

Tanuki Bozu:In Japanese folklore,badger disguised as a Buddist monk. He is believed to bring luck and wealth and is often enshrined in Japanese stores,though he may also take on various forms to waylay,deceive,or annoy travelers.
The Facts On File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend:Anthony S. Mercantante
In Japanese folklore the Tanuki has physical strength far above normal and great supernatural powers. It can change shape at will. The Tanuki is a peculiarly mischievous creature taking all sorts of disguises to waylay travelers. In a priestly disguise, the Tanuki wraps itself in lotus leaves, with a lotus flower doing duty as hat. In present day Japan, a statue of a Tanuki is often stationed outside of a shop or restaurant, beckoning to customers to visit the establishment.


Tanuki Links:Links to other websites about this Diety.

Tanuki Netsuki: Teapots with Tanuki on them
Tanuki you old Toad Eating Rascal:
Tanuki: Small info page with Haiku
A picture of a real Tanuki:
Tanuki Garden: Good source with Links to articles and More.