~ 157. Anansi Goes to the Christening ~


Anansi and Tiger found some butter.
"Let's hide it for later!" said Tiger.
Next day Anansi said, "I'm going to a christening." But he was really going to eat butter.
Tiger asked the child's name.
"Top-Take-Off," said Anansi.
Next day, another christening. This time: "Now-in-the-Middle."
Again the next day. "This child is Lick-Clean," said Anansi.
Next day Tiger was hungry. "Let's eat butter!"
"First let's sleep," said Anansi.
Then Anansi took the last of the butter and smeared it on Tiger's mouth and tail. 
"Tiger, you thief!" Anansi shouted. "I see you ate the butter: you're oozing butter all over!"


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 9 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Charles Wright; additional information in Beckwith's notes.


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