Tail - Folklore About Tails

Folklore About Tails

  • The Japanese have a tradition that some animals can become Yokai by acquiring extra tails and thus gain supernatural powers.
  • In some parts of the world the tail of an ox is used by a shamaness as an implement in their blessing rituals.
  • A superstition shown in older cartoons says that pouring salt on a bird's tail feathers will keep it from flying.
  • In the Dutch language, the at sign (@) is called Apenstaartje, literally translated as (little) monkey-tail.

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