I am seeing more and more of this nine-tailed fox spirit stuffs in the market and some of them the prices are not cheap. Please spend a little bit of your precious time reading the following & I would like to hear from you in what ways can the nine-tailed fox spirit benefits the wearers? :confused2: Biography of Su Daji - The Nine-Tailed Fox Spirit Daji (妲己; Pinyin: Dájǐ) was a favourite concubine of King Zhou of Shang, the last king of the Shang Dynasty in ancient China. Daji is a classic example of how a beauty causes the downfall of an empire/dynasty in Chinese culture. She is portrayed as an evil nine-tailed fox spirit in the Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi. Daji was from a noble family called Su (蘇) from the state of Yousu (有蘇). Hence, she was also known as "Su Daji" since her family name was "Su". In 1047 BC, King Zhou of Shang conquered Yousu and took Daji as his prize. King Zhou became extremely obsessed and infatuated with Daji and started to neglect state affairs in order to keep her company. He used any means necessary to ingratiate himself with her and to please her. Daji liked animals so he built her a zoological Xanadu with several rare species of birds and animals. He also ordered artists to compose lewd music and choreograph bawdy dances to satisfy her musical taste. He gathered 3000 guests at one party to indulge in his "pond of wine" and "forest of meat". He allowed the guests to play a cat and mouse game in the nude in the forest to amuse Daji. When one of King Zhou's concubines, the daughter of Lord Jiu, protested at the sight of debauchery, King Zhou had her executed. Her father was ground in pieces and his flesh fed to King Zhou's vassals. Daji said that her greatest joy was to hear people cry in physical torment. Once, she saw a farmer walking barefoot on ice and ordered his feet cut off so she could study them and figure out why they were so resistant to low temperatures. On another occasion, she had a pregnant woman's belly cut open so it satisfied her curiosity to find out what happened inside. To verify an ancient saying that "a good man's heart has seven apertures", she even had the heart of the minister Bi Gan (King Zhou's uncle) dug out and subjected to her fertile scrutiny. Daji was best known for her invention of a method of torture known as Paoluo (炮烙). A bronze cylinder covered with oil was heated like a furnace with charcoal beneath until its sides became extremely hot. The victim was made to walk on top of the slowly heating cylinder and he was forced to shift his feet to avoid the burning. The oily surface made it difficult for the victim to maintain his position and balance. If the victim falls into the charcoal below, he would be burnt to death. The victim was forced to "dance" and scream in agony before dying eventually while the observing King Zhou and Daji would laugh in delight. Daji was executed on the orders of King Wu of Zhou after the fall of the Shang Dynasty on the advice of Jiang Ziya. In literature Daji is featured in the Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi as a major antagonist. She was the first featured corrupter of the declining Shang Dynasty in the novel. Her father Su Hu gave her in to King Zhou of Shang as an appeasement offer after armed conflict broke out between Su's and Shang military forces. One night before Daji was sent to the capital city of Zhaoge, she was possessed by the evil nine-tailed fox spirit (aka Thousand-Year-Old Vixen). When Daji arrived in Zhaoge, she became the centre of attention of King Zhou and caused the king to be extremely obsessed with her. King Zhou neglected state affairs to keep her company and ignored the advice of his subjects. Yunzhongzi was the first man to act against Daji by giving the king a magical peach-wood sword which would make Daji ill and kill her eventually. She rose above the ranks from a minor concubine to become the queen based on the king's favouritism towards her. Daji was blamed for the fall of the Shang Dynasty by corrupting King Zhou and causing him to neglect state affairs and rule with tyranny and despotism. This ultimately led to the dynasty's decline and widespread chaos. King Zhou's tyranny incurred the anger and resentment of the common people, who eventually rose up in revolt against him under King Wu of Zhou's leadership. After the fall of the Shang Dynasty, Daji was exorcised by Jiang Ziya (aka Jiang Taigong) and died eventually.