Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale (On by Stephen Krensky

By Stephen Krensky

The sky god Nyame retains all of the world's tales locked in a field. but when Anansi can trick a few of the earth's fiercest and fastest creatures, Nyame will percentage his tales. Will Anansi be successful?

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38 Anansi took the doll to the odum tree, where he knew the fairies played. He then pounded some yams in a bowl until they became a tasty paste. He put the bowl in the doll’s lap. Then Anansi tied a vine to the doll’s neck and went off to hide in the bushes. 40 Before long, Mmoatia came by. She saw the doll sitting alone under the odum tree. She also noticed the pounded yams. ” she asked hungrily. 41 Anansi pulled on the vine he had tied to the doll’s neck. The doll nodded. Mmoatia started eating and eating.

They then spread to islands in the Caribbean Sea and to North and South America. In some stories, Anansi is a spider. Sometimes he is a man who can climb and spin webs like a spider. But in all stories, Anansi is a trickster. A trickster is a character who uses tricks to do certain tasks. Tricksters also like to break the rules set by the gods or by nature. A trickster can be a good or a bad character. Anansi uses his tricks to do something good. He brings stories to Earth so that all creatures can enjoy them.

When the sky god saw them, he called together everyone in the kingdom. “Hear me,” he told them. “Anansi has met my price. ” 46 When Anansi got home, he shared the stories with Aso. They laughed and cried and even shouted in surprise at the endings. But they did not keep the stories to themselves. They told them to others and still do to this day. Afterword Anansi is one of the most important figures in West African folklore. His story began long ago with the Ashanti people of Ghana. The Ashanti belong to a larger group called the Akan.

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