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The Fox's Wedding
Bd. 94, H. 4./6. (1999), pp. 487-499
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40465016
Page Count: 13
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A universal Japanese folk belief holds that a sunshower signals "the fox's wedding." In seeking to understand the basis for this association the folklore of sunshowers and rainbows in other parts of the world is briefly surveyed. Although no clear-cut functional explanation is forthcoming, it is seen that sunshowers are widely regarded as events which entail spiritual danger, while foxes are regarded as tricksters capable of metamorphosis into human shape. A similar association of names (" fox's belt," "fox's wedding") is documented for the rainbow in various parts of Europe, while over much of Africa and in Southeast Asia the connection is between sunshowers and bestial parturition.
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