Caliban

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  • European European (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Forest Dweller Forest Dweller (attribute)
  • Troublesome Troublesome (behaviour)

A mythical creature that appears in Shakespeare’s Tempest based on superstitions of the creatures that may or may not have inhabited the Americas. Many Europeans at this time feared that there may be cannibalistic monsters in these places. Caliban which is an anagram of cannibal, iconises this belief. Caliban is said to be a ‘freckled whelp, hag-born’, and of human shape. He is his own master and happy to be so. He lives on an island and shows the new Europeans various treasures. In return he is given the art of human language but is later accused of rape and is enslaved. Some say that Caliban was a type of Cambion, a mythical spirit that is offspring of the seductive Succubus and Incubus.

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