JIU WEI HU (a nine-tailed fox)
300 li further east is a mountain called Qingqiu. On its southern slope there is a great deal of jade while on its northern slope there are rich deposits of dark cinnabar. There is an animal which looks like a fox and has nine tails. It makes a sound like a human infant. Whoever eats it, he will be free from the plague of a malign force. Later in history books like Book of Zhou and story collections like Extensive Records of the Taiping Era, the nine-tailed fox was depicted as a beast of fortune. Sent by the heavens, the nine-tailed fox was seen as a sign of fortune, peace and luck. In the Han dynasty, it is the protector of royal blood. However, it can also represent an omen of revolution when the Emperor is not good.
—The Classic of Mountains and Seas, Volume 1-The Classic of the Southern Mountains