On the Wiki page for 自贡话民俗特色词汇列表 there's an entry that says:

  • 毛狗:狐狸(民间因犯忌讳而改称)。

What is the taboo against 狐狸 (fox) though?

Is there some relation to 狸 being a homophone with 利?

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The taboo is just due to the general view that foxes are inauspicious/trickster/fierce animals.

Reference 1 (https://new.qq.com/omn/20171112/20171112A08Q1T.html):


Reference 2 (https://wenku.baidu.com/view/7890ddc05fbfc77da269b180.html):

俗传狐狸成精后,会变成女人害人,故成都、重庆、南川、阆中、泸州、西充、綦江、金堂、仪陇、云阳等地改称为“毛 狗”。

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    I thought there would be more to it. The wiki link I put in my question also mentions that: 老鼠。此词因自贡民俗中忌讳说“鼠”(谐音“输”)而改称。 Snake I’ve heard being taboo because it sounds like 蚀.
    – Mou某
    Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 13:14
  • @user3306356 I guess the real reason for the taboo will be lost in folk etymology...
    – dROOOze
    Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 16:18

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