Central Asian Mythology

Central Asian Creation and Devil-Tricksters

What role do the tricksters play in the myths?

Tricksters play an undermining devil-like role in most Central Asian creation myths, always the most important myths for any society. The Central Asian trickster is often a relative of the creator and usually acts as his questionable assistant. As such, the trickster is a close mythological relative of the amoral tricksters we find in Africa and in Native North America.


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