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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 73. What do trickster tales tell us about human beings, and why are they important in Indigenous cultures?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43188


Tricksters are often animals like wily coyote, sly fox, clever spider, and cunning raven who challenge gods, insult shamans, undermine chiefs, and may become a culture hero even when caught in the act. In some traditions, tricksters can change shapes and gender.

Chapter Contributors

  • DavĂ­d Carrasco ( - dcarrasco) 'Harvard University'