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Human Appearances + Other Spirits

The female bathhouse employees all have humanoid appearances, while the male workers, besides Haku and Kamaji, are all frogs.  Why do none of the workers, besides Kamaji (always in his "spider" form) and Haku (in his dragon form), ever transform into their actual spirit forms?  Lin/Rin is a weasel spirit, but she never transforms into something like a weasel, and the yuna are spirits of slugs, but they never transform either.  Not that they would want to transform into a weasel or slug, but do they even still have the ability to, like Haku into a dragon?

And what about the customers?  Although they don't either, can they transform into humanoid appearances?

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Yeah that's true, Chiore. I almost forget it. You've a great remembership ;)

Yes. Chihiro get her parents back, after passing the test. She has to take the test, because she wants to leave the Spirit Realm. That is the rule of the bathhouse.

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Literally everywhere else I've read it, 'Byakko' refers to the White Tiger of the four mystical beasts. In fact, a quick google search of 'Byakko' comes up with nothing but 'White Tiger' results.

I've always heard Fox spirits referred to as Kitsune. But I'm not an expert and don't speak the language, and putting in 'Byakko Fox' gets results for White Fox. But they also seem to be deities centered around Mt. Inari.

It would strike me as odd that Lin would be such a rare yokai working in the bath house and serve such a low function, and I think I remember hearing that Miyazaki himself said she was a Weasel spirit in the finished product.

I don't have proof of that, and don't even remember where I read it, but the 'Weasel' theory had to come from somewhere. She looks closer to a Weasel than a Fox in my opinion, as she's long and thin, and Weasels seem to be more attuned to water than Foxes, who are typically aligned with fire.

That seems to match up more with the rest of the bath house staff, who are Frogs and Slugs, also aligned with the general water theme of a bath house.

My vote has to go to Weasel. It's less powerful than a Fox spirit would be, which would work with her seemingly low status in the bath house, but it's stronger than Frogs and Slugs, which a Weasel would feed on in nature, and so explains why she would be in charge of a group of them.

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Yes. That's all make sense ;) Great idea :D

In my opinion, it isn't odd Lin is a rare youkai. You know Haku is a god, too. Including he is a Ryuu Dragon (That is a fact. Read The Art of Spirited Away in Japanese).

If you really want to get the answer, read the book The Art of Spirited Away in Japanese. It stands there clearly Lin is a Byakko (Tiger), Weasel Spirit, Kitsune or Human. You find your answer in the book (in Japanese).

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