Essay on The Trickster in Myth

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The Trickster in Myth
Trickster myths, a significant part of most cultures if not all, have permeated the legends and folklore of peoples since the early days of civilized man. The ancient Greeks had Hermes, the Chinese the Monkey King, and the Native American Indians the coyote. These diverse tricksters found within cultures often have many commonalities with each other, and then, often they do not. But this illustrates the very nature of the trickster; ever changing, shifting, shaping, disguising, and tricking his or her way into the lives of the Gods as well as the mortal people. The trickster is often seen as a physical presentation of a God, or an anthropomorphic animal, that which can walk and talk; breath and die. However, as
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(Wikipedia, Kokopelli) Kokopelli is a fertility deity who served over the women of the Hopi tribes. The Hopi believed that Kokopelli carried unborn children on his back to distribute them to women. The young Hopi girls were very afraid of Kokopelli for this reason. (Wikipedia, Kokopelli) He is found in marriage rituals and also presides over the reproduction of game animals. Kokopelli's flute playing is thought to chase away the winter and bring about spring and his petro-glyph is commonly found on cave walls in southwest America and is also the most recognizable. Hopi craftsmen are known for their depictions of Kokopelli in the form of Kachina dolls. Spanish priests convinced Hopi craftsmen to omit the large phallus once represented through the Kokopelli petro-glyph and Kachina dolls, in an attempt to cleanup the look of the now popular tourist gifts.(Wikipedia, Kokopelli) Today the Kokopelli of the Hopi is widely known by tourists of the southwest and can be found on anything from t-shirts to coffee mugs. Kokopelli can be found in many Native American tribes sometimes under differently ascribed names and exists today as one of the more popular tricksters of myth.

Loki was the Norse trickster god of the northern Scandinavian people. He is said to have perhaps been the meanest and trickiest god of all. Loki was infamous for enslaving people

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