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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 74. Why do so many Indigenous religions include trickster figures or ceremonial clowns?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43189


Indigenous tricksters and clowns provide entertainment and cautionary lessons; no surprise there. But they perform a more profound service as well by enacting life-giving spontaneity and laughter, a necessary leavening kneaded into the structure of ceremony.

Chapter Contributors

  • Chris Jocks ( - cjocks) 'Northern Arizona University'