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a mythic figure common among Native North Americans, South Americans, and Africans. Usually male but occasionally female or disguised in female form, he is notorious for exaggerated biological drives and well-endowed physique; partly divine, partly human, and partly animal, he is an often amoral and comic troublemaker. The Winnebago trickster Wakdjunkaga scattered all creation across the earth through his flatulence. Natives of the Pacific NW believe that the Raven, after miniaturizing himself and entering the daughter of a chief, was able to emerge disguised as an infant and steal the box in which the chief hid the sun, thus bringing light into the world. Peoples of the plateaus of the NW United States believe that good fishing is found near settlements that gained the favor of the coyote by allowing him to copulate with their women. Tales of tricksters are ironic arenas in which corporeality and transcendence, the individual and society, meaning and the absurd, are mediated and celebrated.
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In the said installment, Hamill appeared as Earth-3 Trickster while Shipp played the role of Earth-3 Flash, aka Jay Garrick.
Nos proponemos revisar y repensar dos nociones paralelas relativas a los conceptos mitograficos y folcloricos de metis (Detienne & Vernant, 1974) y trickster, en cuanto formas de representar la inteligencia astuta (cunning intelligence).
He avoids the limitations imposed by a face-to-face textual analysis by including a host of complementary examples of literary tricksters and their possible thematic relationships with the contemporary rogues in the primary sources.
En la primera, introducimos la nocion de carencia, y las categorias de trickster y huaccha.
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Miguel's character teases out different elements of gender and performance through the trickster figure, asserting, "The really nice thing about tricksters is that they can change gender--they can cross back and forth.
This collaborative action research study describes the results of how pre-service teachers at three institutions of higher learning construed three pre-colonial West African folktales that portrayed the villain or trickster in a heroic manner.
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TRICKSTER Theatre brings one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies to life at the Kazimier in Wolstenholme Square next week.
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