By Stephen Krensky
The sky god Nyame retains the entire 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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Additional resources for Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale (On My Own Folklore)
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. Tales about Anansi spread to other West African regions. They then spread to islands in the Caribbean Sea and to North and South America.
Nyame was not surprised to see him. “I will take the leopard,” he said. ” Mmoatia the Fairy Anansi was happy he had captured three of Nyame’s creatures. But how would he ever capture Mmoatia? ” he asked Aso. “You cannot find her,” Aso said. ” Anansi started by carving a wooden doll. When he was finished, the doll looked almost real. Anansi covered it with sticky gum from a plant. 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.
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. Other parts of Anansi and the Box of Stories are taken from Akan and Ashanti culture and folklore. For example, the fairy Mmoatia has backwards feet, as fairies do in West African tales.
Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale (On My Own Folklore) by Stephen Krensky