Translated in Hindi as Chaalaak. The Trickster is used as a means of connecting the domain of the animals and men. The use of the Trickster was also a necessity for some level of society at a time when freedom of expression was a very dangerous and unpopular idea to follow. The Trickster is a highly humanized animal hero.
Trickster is an animal of inferior size and strength and superior cleverness. He is hardly moral. The trickster acts with premeditation, he is always in control of the situation. He manipulates the people around him to his advantage. His values deal with convenience. He will marry Antelope for the value of her horn and then eat her.
The Trickster is not interested in sex as it is usually intended, but replaces it in favor of food or to tease or dupe another animal. The favorite preys of a Trickster are generally the lion, elephant and hyena, a larger and therefore strong animal than he is, but who is considered dull and slow.
Who is a trickster? Trickster is not a character as such but is a quality of the character. In mythology, Trickster is a god, human hero, or an animal who plays pranks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and norms of behavior.
The shape-shifting who can change shapes, Trickster breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously, but very often with ultimately positive effects. He is a creator, a joker, a truth teller, a story teller, a transformer.
Different societies have different tricksters - somewhere it is rabbit (or hare), somewhere it is fox that does this work.
In Western American areas
Coyote is the Trickster. Owl, tortoise and snake also do this work.
Created by Sushma Gupta on November 27, 2013
Modified on 09/01/14