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Lovecraft Country: What is a Kumiho?

Via 5 episodes, Lovecraft Country has launched audiences to a few of the Lovecraft canon’s most terrifying monsters and a few of North America’s most notable mythological creatures. In its sixth episode “Meet Me in Daegu,” nevertheless, HBO’s horror anthology-esque series takes a visit East to delve into one of many Korean Peninsula’s most well-known beasts. 

“Meet Me in Daegu” facilities round a “kumiho” and the “mudang” who summoned it. Whereas Lovecraft Nation does an admirable job in holding the viewers’ fingers by way of kumiho lore, it nonetheless won’t be fully clear what the Korean mythological creature performed by Jamie Chung is or does. So enable us to clarify.

For starters, just like the actress who performs it in Lovecraft, a kumiho is a complete fox…actually. Extra particularly a kumiho is a fox with 9 tails, not fully not like a sure fire Pokémon. Some Korean legends declare {that a} kumiho is an in any other case regular fox that lives for a thousand years and evolves into this nine-tailed monster. Viewers can really see all the kumiho’s 9 tails within the episode as they’re the appendages that the kumiho-possessed Ji-ah (Chung) makes use of to kill her prey (and absorbing their recollections within the course of). 

One may very well be forgiven for considering that these have been spider legs or tentacles as they definitely resemble the previous and Lovecraft Nation has a deep abiding love of the latter. However in actuality the bushy cylinders are simply Ji-ah placing these tails to good use. 

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