The Gods and Spirits of Africa


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Picture of the African Trickster God HARE from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

African Trickster God

The infamous twitchy-nosed Trickster God

Is there anyone without a hare? The trickster rabbit figure is hare, there and everywhere, zig-zagging and madly dancing through so many cultures, legends and tales. The Chinese Hare In The Moon, the Mad March Hare of Wonderland and the Great Rabbit MANABOZHO of Native American fame.

We have picked the Yoruba people’s HARE as a particular favorite. He starred in one of the first Hare and Tortoise fables, one of the few occasions when the trickster was out-tricked. Many of his exploits were taken almost verbatim to create the Brer Rabbit tales.

In Yoruba ceremonies HARE head-dresses were worn in celebratory mode. That’s right. Ceremonial hats with bunny ears. Cute.


Name : HARE
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Mayhem
God of : Trickster, Mischief, Mayhem

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Popularity index : 9692

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Article last updated on 10 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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