~ 23. Anansi's Family on the Rooftop ~


Anansi and his family were on the rooftop, hiding from Tiger.
One of Anansi's children complained, "I'm hungry."
Anansi got angry! He threw the child down. Tiger ate him.
Next child. Next child. Next child. All the children.
Then Anansi fell asleep.
Mrs. Anansi sewed her skirt to Anansi's trousers.
Anansi woke up, and he threw his wife down, but she didn't fall. She stayed tied tight to Anansi.
Then Anansi told Tiger, "Pile up a trash-heap for us to land on!" 
Tiger piled up a trash-heap.
They jumped down and hid in the trash-heap.
Spiders are still hiding there.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 5c in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Thomas White; additional information in Beckwith's notes. In the original story, Anansi also ripped the cloth so that he threw Mrs. Anansi down to the Tiger too, but I had them stay together.


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