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Title:The Exception Who Proves the Rules: Ananse the Akan Trickster
Author:Vecsey, Christopher
Year:1981
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:12
Issue:3
Pages:161-177
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Akan
trickster tales
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581431
Abstract:The trickster tales of the Twi-speaking peoples of west Africa, the Ashanti and other Akan, are examined in their cultural context in order to discover the meanings of the Akan trickster tales to the Akan themselves. Ananse, the Akan trickster, may be thought of as a single character whose tales, Anansesem, communicate the same basic meanings to the various Akan groups. In short, the trickster tales attack and affirm the very foundations of Akan life. In effect, the Akan eschew 'blind faith' in their ultimate realities. Instead they incorporate doubt into faith, Baking that faith stronger and more profound. Notes.
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