They cross boundaries and break rules but have strong intellects. You need them but also need to be wary of them, especially when it comes to your wife or daughter.
In mythology, they appear across cultures, and not always as an animal or immortal. And we’re not talking about trick-or-treat night.
Take a look, here are ten.
- Coyote, largely among western Native cultures in North America, has been at the forefront of a new consciousness about tricksters. His tales were recorded by early ethnologists, who shifted to Latin when the stories turned randy.
- Kokopelli, the hunchback piper from the American Southwest, has become especially popular as an image, though not yet his stories.
- The rabbit or hare in West Africa and its transport into the Americas via the slave trade. Leads us to Br’er Rabbit.
- The spider. Just don’t get caught in the web.
- Froggy the gremlin on the early TV show “Andy’s Gang.” Not that we got it as kids, Froggy was just weird. And maybe perverted.
- The clown as an archetype. Well, I do know a professional firefighter who’s frightened of them.
- A figure in fairy tales who tests the status quo. He frequently changes hats. Or even genders.
- The fairy Puck. Or a leprechaun. Or even Robin Hood.
- Lilith, in Babylonian cultures.