Neither good nor evil, breaking conventions and norms, changing form, not fully human. The holder of great knowledge, but not to be trusted.
"[they] are always marginal characters: outsiders, as they cannot trust or be trusted, cannot give or share, they are incapable of living in a community; they are repulsive, as – being insatiable – they are characterized by excessive eating, drinking, and sexual behavior, having no sense of shame; they are not taken seriously, given their affinity with jokes, storytelling, and fantasizing."
Arpad Szakolczai, Liminality and Experience: Structuring transitory situations and transformative events (International Political Anthropology 2009)
Keeping society in the liminal state by imitating stability and structure without actually providing it.