Region of origin: Abenaki tribes, northeastern North America

Appearing in the folklore of the Abenaki and neighboring tribes, Azeban was a Trickster spirit who enjoyed playing pranks on mortals but was depicted more as silly and lazy than ever cruel or malevolent. Stories usually ended in him receiving some comeuppance for his deeds, either meted out by some other figure from Abenaki mythology, such as when he was branded with coal soot around the eyes and tail as punishment for misleading two blind friends into fighting each other, resulting in the iconic markings all raccoons now share, or simply his own actions coming back against him like when he obstinately got into a shouting match with a waterfall which ended with him falling into the water and going over.

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