Transcending Myths: Trickster

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RPH 351 Haruka Koda (A1167731) 7/01/14 Transcending Myths: Trickster “The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States”, by Samuel A. Floyd, observes a new way of listening to the music of black America, and appreciating its profound contribution to American music. Examining folklore, myths, music, and rituals, Floyd offers cultural heritage in modernism. He recognizes European influences, while demonstrating how much black music has continued to share with its African counterparts. One of these elements that African music has attributed is the element of “Tricksters.” Although Tricksters is a motif existent in times before Chris, Tricksters have been transmitted to be taught and learned in cultures in the West and Japan today. The archetypal “Trickster” is allegorical or a metaphorical teaching in stories of a polytheistic culture and religion. According to Floyd, in African stories, “Trickster tales are not just for humor, but to instill discipline and ingrain fear, a sense of accomplishment, pride, and humility”1 Floyd continues on to explain that stories, such as one’s with Tricksters, are transmitted into words and edited into methods for people to understand it better. Music is the example that he gives, noting that both people within and out of the culture will have a better understanding of the teaching in that form. Africa, filled with adverse historical years, has managed to express itself through music. Thus today hip­hop music and other modern music has been inspired today. Tricksters are an essential role in each culture growing up in the West. Even fter Christianity conquer the Western culture, Trickster still…...

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