Heyokah is a contrary, one who goes against the rules or way of society. Heyokah teaches through opposites and often laughter. Trickster, coyote, crow or sacred clown are often Heyokah teachers. To take on the burden of Heyoka is a major commitment and heavy burden. This sacred trickster makes one figure things out for themselves. They will kick away your crutch so you fall and must pull yourself up onto your own legs or beliefs. During feast days or ceremony they often play tricks and make others laugh at themselves.  At times the tricks will backfire and the trickster must look at their self. The laughter that surrounds the lessons is for the whole community. and helps to destroy what is not good and restore balance or beauty.

It is not about losing face but being a good good sport and being able to laugh at ones self. The prank is to teach a lesson. Now one must reflect on how they would react if the joke was on them.  Some will think and discuss it later for spiritual growth. It is all about balance to prepare for adventure to celebrate more than mourn and rejoice in the divine sacredness of being human.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. evilnymphstuff
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 11:30:56

    Wow I learnt a new word! A beautiful one. Thank you so much for sharing.


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