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Poetic Trickster Tales represent the Trickster as a boundary crosser, moving between gods and mortals, across high and low society, amongst the affluent and poor. These stories depict Trickster at his most creative, circumventing rules and playing with language or appearance in order to challenge preconceptions. This Trickster is a catalyst for change and he most [...]
Elemental Trickster tales represents Trickster at his most base: in the sewers, amongst the muck and dirt. Trickster is raw and hungry for food (or sometimes sex). This type of Trickster most commonly appears in cultures where there is resource scarcity. However, within cultures of abundance, Elemental Trickster reminds us that we cannot avoid the realities [...]
Troublesome Trickster is highly creative but can also be anti-social and callous. He is a boundary crosser and shape shifter, yet tends to come from or live on the outskirts. Troublesome Trickster appears in times of protest and dissidence, and is also common within mainstream culture and film. The present day popularity of Trickster narratives [...]
This sheet is part of a set of 16 created by Bambo Soyinka and Laura Sorvala, drawing from responses to Trickster Tales following our programme of creative events and workshops in 2012.
Some lovely images here of Tuup and Ben Haggarty in action at The Trickster and the Tricked event back in May. Drawn by Elisabeth:
She says, yes, I can have half-a-loaf of the Koenig Ludwig’s Brot yes dark, crusty, moist German she goes to ring it up on the till. ‘Anyfink else?’ she asks. The till displays her name: Freya. Universes tilt, I drop off the edge to be caught up by the Valkyries, I join the cosmic motes [...]
A woman loved her husband so much that she decided it was only right to keep him to herself. At night, while he snored his way to sleep so deep that he was in another world, his wife bit off his penis and cased it in a rather fine, velvet-lined box. Wiping the blood off [...]
Several years ago, I was told a story that was so immense I believed it to be a lie. It was a story about a man cheating Death. I can see you frowning now, shaking your head, perhaps, or raising an eyebrow. But the story is true; whether or not it happened is a [...]
“ Ever since being asked to get involved in this, I’ve been on a journey, thinking more about the nature of Trickster. What is the role of Trickster in today’s society? Is Trickster just relegated? Safe? Made safe by the distance of time into a historical, mythological period? Or is Trickster amongst us and would we recognise him? Would we just think of him as a nuisance, as a criminal? Do we demonise contemporary Trickster figures, whilst revering their mythological antecedents? ”
“Honestly, Mr Fox, I was just minding my own business, walking down the road in the pitch black, really just in a hurry to get home, you know … ”