Clowns & tricksters: an encyclopedia of tradition and culture
Dizzying in its scope, Clowns and Tricksters tracks the trickster figure across scores of cultures and thousands of years. Entries highlight mythological and fictional beings from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Pacific. Each article describes the Trickster and its antics, while giving a full account of the cultural setting. Includes: -- More than 200 A-to-Z, cross-referenced entries -- Entry list by culture -- General bibliography -- Illustrations
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Christen (religious studies, Arizona State Univ.) and Gill (religious studies, Univ. of Colorado), a scholar who has written many works on Native American religion and mythology, have created a reference to tricksters and clowns, figures found in cultures and myths worldwide but whose characteristics differ according to the culture in which they originate. The work lists 185 cultures by geographical area, followed by a main section consisting of 194 alphabetically arranged entries related to tricksters and clowns; the entries, which are heavily cross-referenced, cite the name of the character with its culture or country of origin followed by stories or other information. The entries conclude with bibliographic citations, and there is a comprehensive bibliography as well. The scope of this work is vast, covering clowns and tricksters from the ancient world to the present and including some references to cultures that no longer exist as well as material from current popular culture. As the introduction states: "This volume is meant as a general introduction to both the characters and the people who see the world through their eyes." It succeeds admirably. For public and academic libraries.--Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
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Christen, Kimberly A., "Clowns & Tricksters: An Encyclopedia of Tradition and Culture." Denver: ABC-CLIO, 1998. "Some fools' robes were one color on one ...
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