last night i gave a talk/led a discussion on trickster. some of you may be wondering who or what on earth trickster is!... (i'm going to be doing a session on it at the inclusive church conference as well)
lots of cultures around the world have a series of myths or stories that they tell that include a trickster character. this might be coyote, raven, hermes, brer rabbit, krishna, the fox… but in each case there are similarities in the roles and mischief that trickster gets up to.
i was first put onto this by kester and nic at vaux, who lent me a book by lewis hyde called trickster makes this world. in the book hyde outlines some of tricksters strategies and stories and asks the question of where trickster (or the spirit of trickster) still lives in the modern world. he is particularly interested in the role of some artists who seem to capture the spirit of trickster.
i found this a captivating notion, partly i suspect because i found myself in the trickster character and i could particularly see some of the approaches and strategies of people involved in alternative worship reflected in the trickster.
what i did last night was to identify 10 tricks or ruses that trickster plays. these aren't named as such in hyde's book - i have sort of sifted them out. if you are interested, click on the picture and there is an animated gif that has the 10 ruses... kester's book the complex christ has a great chapter on dirt that talks about trickster.
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