Brer Rabbit, an Afro-American Trickster

Brer Rabbit, an Afro-American Trickster

Brer (Brother) Rabbit is a central figure in an oral tradition passed down by African-Americans of the Southern United States and African descendants in the Caribbean, notably Afro-Bahamians and Turks and Caicos Islanders.

He is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, provoking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit.

He’s one of the secondary references for Takuan, who also relies on his wits and provokes all sort of authorities from city guard to governors to princes.

If you want to know a little more about the origins of the Brer Rabbit himself, you must read his page on Makipedia.

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Jamie Larson