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Anansi (Spider)

Pronounced as Anansee is an intelligent and mischievous spider of many Nigerian and Ghanaian folktales. Otherwise mostly people recognize the name Anansi and associate it with the continent of Africa. Many folktales are told about this popular character. For those who don't know him, Anansi is a favorite hero, especially in the countries of Nigeria and Ghana. Anansi has two sons - elder son   Ntikuma or Kuma, and the younger son named Kweku Tsin or Kwaku Tsin.

--In Ashanti or Ghanaian folktales, hero of Ghanaian folktales, he is known as Kwaku Anansi.
--In one West African story "Why Spiders Hide in Corners?", a spider is mentioned with the name of Egya Anansi.
--In Hausa Nigerian stories he is known as Gizo.
--Sometimes he is found in West Indian (Native Indians of America) folktales also. There  he is known as West Indian Annency

Since he is a shape shifter, Anansi is sometimes perceived as a man and at other times he appears in the shape of a spider. Whatever his shape, all Anansi stories describe Anansi as greedy and lazy - but also very intelligent and terribly clever. The problem with Anansi is that his cleverness sometimes backfires and causes him problems.

He has taught mankind how to sow grain and how to use the shovel on the fields. He set himself up as the first king of the human beings and even managed to marry Nyame's daughter. He was beaten only in his encounter with the wax girl, to whom he stuck fast, having struck her with his legs when she refused to talk to him. The people then rushed forwards and beat the tricky Anansi.

We have written many stories of Anansi in Hindi. They are under "Anansi Makade Ke Kaarnaame" - 4 books.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on November 27, 2013
Modified on 10/14/14