~ 63. Anansi and the Sea-Sheep ~


Tiger was supposed to throw Cunning-More-Than-Father in the sea, but Cunning-More-Than-Father came back home, and he brought a flock of sheep with him.
"But I threw him in the sea!" Tiger shouted.
"Yes, you did!" said Cunning-More-Than-Father. "These are sea-sheep, and where the sea is deeper, the sheep are even bigger."
"I want the big sheep!" shouted Anansi. "Tiger, put me in a coffin and throw me in the deepest sea."
Anansi got in the coffin and Tiger rented a boat to sail to the deepest sea. He threw the coffin in the water.
That was the end of Anansi.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 23 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from George Parkes; additional information in Beckwith's notes. The story is composed of several different episodes; this is just one episode. For more about how Cunning-More-Than-Father got the sheep, see Cunning-More-Than-Father in the Coffin.


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