Cultural References

Mujina
Demons

taken from Obakemono

Like the kitsune (fox) and tanuki (raccoon dog), the mujina is a small furry animal said to be a master of shapeshifting and of bewitching humans, and it may even be the most skilled of them all.

A mujina is said to have once taken up residence in an old temple and posed as a Buddhist priest; he went undetected for six years before thoughtlessly letting his tail show.

In actual species the mujina is rather nebulous; while it is often translated as badger, it might also be another name for the tanuki. Although one is a mustelid and one is a canid and they bear no close relation, at first glance the badger and raccoon dog have roughly the same shapes and markings. Without closer inspection they may be hard to tell apart, and it is not inconceivable that they were considered the same animal in times past.

Relevance to Inuyasha

Mujina appears as a trickster in Inuyasha, when a seemingly beautiful badger gains Shippo's help in taking the Tetsusaiga from Inuyasha.


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