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Mr. Jacquel: You have a story to tell.

Mr. Ibis: Do I?
Mr. Jacquel: I can see it in your fingers.''

A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

Mr. Ibis is one of the Old Gods, and a supporting character in American Gods. He runs Ibis and Jacquel Funeral Parlor with his partner, Mr. Jacquel. Mr. Ibis is also the author of some of the Coming to America stories told throughout the novel.

Significance in series Edit

"Git Gone" Edit

A black jackal and Mr. Ibis stand in the middle of the road, stopping Audrey's car. The jackal stands up into Anubis, telling Laura that he remembers her. Jacquel and Ibis take Laura to their funeral parlor. Ibis explains they have been in business for 200 years. They repair her with pins and threads and paint her skin. Jacquel asks if it was love that brought her back. She says it wasn't but it is now. Jacquel lets her know that when she is done, he will complete his task and deliver her into darkness.

"A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" Edit

Mr. Jacquel puts on a jazz record as he begins his mortician work on a corpse at Ibis and Jacquel Funeral Parlor. Mr. Ibis enters the room, bringing Irish red ale for them to drink at the end of the workday. Mr. Jacquel wants to finish his work because he knows they will have two more bodies coming the next day. He sends Ibis away because Ibis "has a story to tell." Mr. Ibis begins writing when the phone rings to announce the two new bodies. As Jacquel answers the phone, Ibis continues writing his story about criminals being transported to the Americas as indentured servants. He tells how hundreds of years prior, Mad Sweeney approached the porch of a former indentured servant, Essie MacGowan of Ireland.

Coming to America Edit

Mr. Ibis is the author of some of the Coming to America stories told throughout the series.

"The Bone Orchard" Edit

Mr. Ibis writes a story of Vikings coming to America long ago and bringing Odin with them.

"The Secret of Spoons" Edit

Mr. Ibis writes a story of a Dutch slave ship and the shackled people within its hold who pray to Anansi to save them.

"Lemon Scented You" Edit

Mr. Ibis narrates a story about the first immigrants who crossed over the land bridge from Siberia to North America.

"A Murder of Gods" Edit

Mr. Ibis writes about a coyote leading a group of people across the US-Mexico border.

"A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" Edit

Mr. Ibis writes the story of Essie MacGowan, an indentured servant from Ireland, and how she helped bring Mad Sweeney to America.

Physical appearance Edit

Ibis is tall and thin with a small bird's head on a long neck with a long and high beak.

In his human form, he is described as "a cranelike man with gold-rimmed spectacles" and is "well over six feet in height, with a cranelike stoop".

Notes and trivia Edit

  • Significance in Mythology: Mr. Ibis is an incarnation of Thoth, the Ancient Egyptian God of writing, wisdom, and magic.

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