Coyote & his Origins

“Coyote is a different sort of creature altogether,” Jaz said. “The Loa are not gods at all - they are avatars, intermediaries, of a sort. Coyote, on the other hand, is - well, it depends on the culture. Most native groups were not theistic as we think of them today. ‘The great spirit’,” and she made sarcastic quotes, “was a gift of the settlers, just as catholicism was a gift to the Caribean cultures.”

“For most cultures who revere him, Coyote was as close to a god as they had. Though his primary nature is as a trickster, he has a variety of other aspects. For some, he was a benevolent creator figure, for others an ambivalent agent of change, and for still others, an evil entity that brought chaos. His more ambivalent and protective natures are more aligned with the cultures of this particular region.”

“Here, Coyote was seen as a gatekeeper of the dead, a protector and guardian. In particular, there was an island of the dead - you’ll remember the island that you visited with Doc Pleasant? - that he acts as gatekeeper to, as well.”

“As for his sexuality…” She hesitated, gathering her thoughts. “Native cultures saw sexuality as a much, much different thing. Coyote is known for his prowess in convincing partners to have a good time with him - whether in canid or human form. His evil aspect was definitely a little coercive - not necessarily rapey, but definitely tricking women into having sex with him. His neutral and benevolent aspects are much more about him being charming and convincing the ladies to give him belly rubs, in a manner of speaking.”