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The trickster; a study in American Indian mythology.

Author: Paul Radin
Publisher: London, Routledge and Paul [1956]
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The myth which forms the basis of Dr Radin's study is one of the most imaginative narratives known. It concerns the exploits of a grotesque individual whose main physical features are enormous digestive and sexual organs and who unites in himself some of the traits of a god, an animal, and a human being. Primarily his activities, over which has no conscious control, represent attempts to dupe others, yet actually  Read more...
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Radin, Paul, 1883-1959.
Trickster.
London, Routledge and Paul [1955]
(OCoLC)572309045
Online version:
Radin, Paul, 1883-1959.
Trickster.
London, Routledge and Paul [1955]
(OCoLC)607679937
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Radin
OCLC Number: 2705367
Description: xi, 211 pages 23 cm
Contents: Part one: The Trickster myth of the Winnebago Indians. The Winnebago Trickster cycle --
Part two: Supplementary Trickster myths. The Winnebago Hare cycle ; Summary of the Assiniboine Trickster myth ; Summary of the Tlingit Trickster myth --
Part three: The nature and meaning of the myth / by Paul Radin. The text ; Winnebago history and culture ; Winnebago mythology and literary tradition ; The Winnebago Hare cycle and its cognates ; The Winnebago Trickster figure ; The attitude of the Winnebago toward Wakdjunkaga ; The Wakdjunkaga cycle as a satire ; The Wakdjunkaga cycle and its relation to other North American Indian Trickster cycles --
Part four: The Trickster in relation to Greek mythology / by Karl Kerenyi, translated by R.F.C. Hull. First impressions ; Style ; Parallels ; Nature of the Trickster ; His difference from Hermes --
Part five: On the psychology of the trickster figure / by C.G. Jung, translated by R.F.C. Hull.
Responsibility: With commentaries by Karl Kerényi and C.G. Jung.

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The myth which forms the basis of Dr Radin's study is one of the most imaginative narratives known. It concerns the exploits of a grotesque individual whose main physical features are enormous digestive and sexual organs and who unites in himself some of the traits of a god, an animal, and a human being. Primarily his activities, over which has no conscious control, represent attempts to dupe others, yet actually always recoil upon himself. He is cruel, obscene and possessed of a voracious appetite which he is never permitted to satisfy. Creator and destroyer, affırmer and negator at one and the same time, his activities finally result in the transformation of himself into something approximating a human being. The figure of Trickster is of tremendous historical and psychological importance for an understanding of ourselves. As Dr. Jung suggests in his foreword, Trickster is the symbol of the unconscious and undifferentiated in man. That is why he is represented as being everything to everyman--god, animal, human being, hero, buffoon, he who antedates all values, good and evil.--From publisher description.

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