The god of fools

The god of fools

Mercurial, I knew about, and the tricksterishness.  But I hadn’t encompassed Mercury’s full spectrum – the god of culture, but also the ‘humanizing force’. I will light a candle to any humanizing force.  And as an ‘irrepressible trickster and joker’, he...
More than you bargained for

More than you bargained for

There is a class of stories featuring jesters requesting favours or gifts from the ruler. Many jesters were dwarfs, and here we have a god disguised as a dwarf couching a request to a king in humble terms.It costs Bali his throne and sees him kicked all the way to...

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