The word Heyókȟa refers to the Lakota tradition of the Holy Trickster or the Sacred Clown; a jester, satirist, a contrarian.
Heyókȟa functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others thereby forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, and weakness. They provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.
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