From Japanese Mythos, The Bake Danuki was a type of Yokai (Spirit), associated with Nature. They took the form of a Half-Racoon/Half-Dog. Capable of assuming Human form, they had the ability to cause Humans to break into song (lending some to believe that when you suddenly did, a Bake Danuki was near). Once Gods, they became Spirits when Buddhism took hold in Ancient Japan. A common belief is that The Bake Danuki became ''extinct'' as a result of their pelts. When struck, they turn into gold and as such were hunted out of existence. Small statues and dolls are often kept inside of one's home. When one rubs the belly of the figure – it is considered ''good luck''.