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The Demonization of Loki – Part II

By Galina Krasskova

One of the most enduring theories about Loki’s nature is that he is the quintessential Trickster figure. While this theory is not without controversy, it does provide an interesting avenue into the examination of Loki’s character. Lewis Hyde, in his book Trickster Makes the World, defines a Trickster Deity as one who represents the “paradoxical category of sacred amorality.” (Hyde. P. 10). He goes on to point out that Tricksters invariably appear in nearly every mythology, often cropping up in folklore and popular culture as well.

Every group has its edge, its sense of in and out, and trickster is always there, at the gates of the city and the gates of life, making sure there is commerce. He also attends the internal boundaries by which groups articulate their social life. We constantly distinguish – right and wrong, sacred and profane, clean and dirty, male and female, young and old, living and dead – and in every case trickster will cross the line and confuse the distinction….Trickster is the mythic embodiment of ambiguity and ambivalence, doubleness and duplicity, contradiction and paradox. (Hyde, p. 7).

Certainly that amorality is one of the dominant characteristics of Loki as his stories have come down to us in the lore and it’s the characteristic that gives modern Heathens the most trouble in coming to terms with him as part of the existing cosmology of Gods.

Read the original article at: Oak and Holly

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