#19: The Trickster
"As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us.
He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a
first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company
we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with
that all-important business contact."
- Richard Smoley, from the introduction
by Jay Kinney
Star Trek Cosmology
A column by Ted Schultz
Trick or Treat?: The Value of Fooling and Being Fooled
A column by Stephan A. Hoeller
Introduction: My Mind Plays Tricks on Me
by Richard Smoley
The Fool, The Clown, The Jester
by Fred Fuller
Sacred clowns are an ancient and vigorous tradition in Western Culture.
The Green Man: The Trickster Figure in Sufism
by Peter Lamborn Wilson
Incarnations and interpretations of Khezr, "the Hidden Prophet" of Islam.
The Trickster and Creative Illness
by D. Jean Collins
Spiritual transformation is often preceded by an appearance of the Trickster.
Loki, Father of Strife
by Alice Karlsdottir
The notorious Norse god who clears the way for rebirth and renewal.
Trickster at the Crossroads
by Eric Davis
Eshu-Elegbara, the West African god of messages, sex, and deceit.
Dr. Gene Don't Take No Guff
by Brad Bailey
Don't touch that dial! The Rambo of TV Preachers is here with a pledge break from hell.
Confessions of a Professional Trickster
by Paul Krassner
The long-time provocateur relates some of his favorite pranks.
The Baffling Mystery of the Georgia Guidestones: Mysterious Sage Sponsors Epic Monument
The Secret Dogma of the Confraternity of the Miraculous Inversion
by Assassinated Nenmaster Nenslo
Madam, I'm Adam: News and Gossip
by Adam Weishaupt