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Friday, December 18, 2009

December: A Bit of a Trickster

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

The Trickster in the title is Kyprioth, the god of tricksters in Aly's world. Have you read other myths or novels related to tricksters? Do you have a little trickster inside of you?

And did you all catch from rgz LIVE! that Tamora based Kyprioth on Bruce Colville? Hee, hee.


Lorie Ann Grover said...

So fun to hear the Bruce comment in the chat!

We talked about this in the roundtable. Here's what I came up with:

Just Anansi the Spider from African folklore. And Greek messenger Hermes. Raven is a trickster to Pacific Northwest Native Americans. I just watched the French movie Amelie, and she certainly fits the role.

I am not a trickster at all!!!

Little Willow said...

Anasazi Boys by Neil Gaiman!

Melissa Walker said...

I forgot about Anansi! I loved that spider!

Tamora Pierce said...

Baron Samedi from voodoo, the god of crossroads, healing, sex, and the crossroads between life and death. The Graveyard Hag, another trickster from the Daine books who also shows up in the Trickster books, is a mix of Hecate, goddess of the underworld and the crossroads, and Baron Samedi.

Sun Wukong, the monkey king of China. Krishna, the trickster of Hinduism. Susano'o of Japan, who is also the storm god. Most pagan belief systems have a trickster, or more than one, because life likes to play jokes on you. Just because you aren't laughing doesn't mean that someone else is not!

Dia Calhoun said...

I am too forthright and uncomplicated to have much of a trickster in me, though I very much love jokes and puns.

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