ABSTRACT

When Hermes enters the world, he is born with the ability to appear the opposite of what he actually is: an infant who appears a teen, a voracious hunter who never eats anything, a potentially threatening force who causes others to laugh. Chapter 5 considers Hermes’ relationship to a figure found in tales from cultures the world over: that is, the trickster. It considers the ways in which his activities and attributes align with this universal type as well as the way in which the Homeric Hymn to Hermes works to set Hermes in opposition to it.