Trickster: a structural analysis of five Basotho narratives

One of the most common and intriguinly fascinating characters in oral narrative traditions is the trickster, a character whose principal attributes are cunningness, ingenuity, greed, selfishness and deceit. The goal of this paper is to come to some understanding of the nature and particularities of the trickster as conceived by the Basotho of southern Africa through a structural analysis of five narratives from that culture. – Notes.

Title: Trickster: a structural analysis of five Basotho narratives
Author: Cham, Mbye Baboucar
Year: 1981
Periodical: Ba Shiru
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 66-75
Language: English
Geographic term: Lesotho
Abstract: One of the most common and intriguinly fascinating characters in oral narrative traditions is the trickster, a character whose principal attributes are cunningness, ingenuity, greed, selfishness and deceit. The goal of this paper is to come to some understanding of the nature and particularities of the trickster as conceived by the Basotho of southern Africa through a structural analysis of five narratives from that culture. – Notes.