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The Trickster

Study Guide from Ms. Happ's Mythology Course

The Trickster is usually what gender? Male
The Trickster delights in what? Breaking rules, boasting, and playing tricks on both humans and gods
The Trickster upsets the natural order of things by doing what? Stealing or causing humans to fight or engage in unpleasant behavior
Most Tricksters are ------ changers who can... Shape; take any form though often appear as animals
Tricksters operate outside of what? The framework of right and wrong- they don't recognize the rules of society
What are the traits of a Trickster? Childish, greedy, lustful, nasty; Can also be friendly, helpful, clever, and wise
Tricksters posses amazing powers of what? Survival
Tricksters may come to sorry end in one story and then what? Miraculously come back to life and appear in another tale
The Trickster acts out what? Human urges an desires that people living in communities learn to control to maintain social order
Myths in which the Trickster's deeds backfire were developed to teach what? A moral lesson about penalties of misbehavior
Myths is which the Trickster is a small, but clever animal that emerges victorious teaches what? How a seemingly powerless creature can triumph over a mighty one
Who is the Trickster for the Northeastern Americans? Gluskap
Who is the Trickster for the Polynesians? Maui
Who is the Trickster for those along the Northwest coast? Raven
Who are the Tricksters for the Greeks? Hermes and Prometheus
Who are the Tricksters for the West Africans? Eshu (Legba), Anansi
Who is the Trickster for the Norse? Loki
Who is the Trickster for the Indians? Krishna
Who is the Trickster for the Native Americans (Shoshoni)? Old Man Coyote
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