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Hedgehog Spirits in Traditional Chinese Culture and Today

Reliģiski-filozofisku rakstu, Latvijas Universitātes, Latvia. 2019. No. 26. P. 93-108.

This paper will discuss narratives and folk beliefs about hedgehogs in traditional

China and how they develop in modern society. In Chinese culture hedgehogs can

belong to the two different types of spirits: a hedgehog-demon, who can turn into

man or a sacred animal called Baixian (White immortal), one of the four or five

sacred animals, who were worshipped mostly in Northern China.

The cult of sacred animals was very popular until the middle of the 20th century and

becomes popular again nowadays, but only two of four animals, foxes and weasels

are still considered to be the powerful spirits. Nevertheless the hedgehog spirits still

remain in popular culture and the paper aims to analyze the transformation of its

functions and features in the network literature and messages.