Yoruba Mythology

The Gods of Yorubaland (Nigeria, Benin and Togo)


Yoruba Trickster God

Picture of the Yoruba Trickster God Hare from our Yoruba mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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.

Hare Facts and Figures

Name: Hare
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Mayhem
Area of expertise: Trickster, Mischief, Mayhem

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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