Who Was the Trickster In African Mythology and How Are Tricksters Used As Characters In Myths?

African myths often describe a small and weak character defeating a stronger opponent through cunning and trickery.

This mythological figure is called “the trickster.”

Tricksters are popular characters in many world mythologies, including Norse (Loki) and North American Indian (Coyote).

African American folklore tells the antics of “Brer Rabbit,” a small rabbit who outsmarts larger and more powerful animals.

West Africans brought stories of the cunning rabbit to North America when they arrived in the United States as slaves.

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