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Trickster Figure

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The trickster figure appears in the myths and folktales of nearly every traditional society. In the study of mythology and folklore, the trickster character may be a god, goddess, man, woman, spirit, or animal. There are significant differences between trickster characters in different traditions. They may be cunning, comic, or foolish, but in African and now in African diasporic literature, they usually perform an important cultural task. The roots of the African American trickster figure can be traced ...

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