But things happened and there
was stuff and shenanigans.
Beautiful word. Shenanigans.
I love tricksters and their mischief making. When tricksters are involved, literally anything can happen.
Here are some tricksters from both mythology and modern media and all of the crazy shennanigans that they got up to.
The Doctor could be considered a trickster for reasons that are too numerous to list here as he usually involves overthrowing despotic regimes throughout time and space.
Anansi tales come from the Ashanti tribe in West Africa. Anasi is famous for getting into all kinds of trouble. One of his most famous stories involves him trying to steal of the World’s wisdom and trying to hide it up a tree. However, he can’t drag the pot up on his own until a child suggests that he ties it to his back. He then drops the pot and the wisdom gets spread throughout the World. Anasi is a bit dim.
There are plenty of other stories involving Anasi and all of the trouble that he gets into. Some of them involve his schemes falling flat on their face such as the tale of Anansi and the fisherman.
Loki was not a nice trickster. He managed to get the most beloved of the Norse gods, Baldr. Baldr was so loved amongst the gods that everything had sworn never to harm him. Everything, that is, except miseltoe. Loki found some misletoe and returned to the gods who were enjoying themselves by throwing all manner of weapons at Baldr and watching them bounce off. Hod, Baldr’s brother, who was blind, was not able join in with the ‘festivities’. Loki helpfully let Hod fire a miseltoe at Baldr which killed him and upset the rest of the gods. Loki ended up being bound to a rock by his son’s entrails and having a snake drip its poison into his mouth.
If there’s one thing that could be said about the ancient gods it’s that they really know how to sort out their punishments.