{Textbooks} Clowns and Tricksters: An Encyclopedia of Tradition and CultureAuthor Kimberly A Christen Withey – Bilb-weil.de

Clowns and tricksters are well known figures in cultures throughout the world In Western culture the clown conjures up images of carnivals and foolish characters in face paint In non Western cultures, clowns hold privileged status in religious ceremonies and origin myths Tricksters on the other hand are identified as disobedient, obscene, disrespectful, funny, powerful, paradoxical characters in almost every culture in which they are found