~ 69. Anansi and Tacoomah's Fire ~


Anansi's fire went out.
"Child," said Anansi, "go to Tacoomah and get fire."
Tacoomah gave the child some fire. "Take this beef-fat too!" Tacoomah said.
The child came back with fire and beef-fat.
"What's that nasty thing?" Anansi asked.
"Tacoomah gave it to me."
"Ugh!" said Anansi. "I'll throw it away."
Anansi was just pretending; he ate the beef-fat and wanted more.
Anansi poured water on the fire.
"Go get more fire!" he said to his other child.
The child came back with fire and beef-fat.
Anansi played the same trick and ate the beef-fat, while his children went hungry.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 22 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from George Parkes; additional information in Beckwith's notes. This is just the first part of Parkes's story. Next, Anansi goes to Tacoomah to find out where he's getting the good meat.


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