~ 58. Anansi's Grave ~

Mrs. Anansi planted peas, but Anansi didn't help.
He pretended he was dying.
"Bury me in the pea-field," he said. "Make a coffin-hole so I can watch the peas growing while I'm dead."
Anansi pretended to die, and they buried him.
Every night Anansi got out of the grave and ate peas.
Anansi's son made a tar-stump to catch him.
"These peas are mine!" Anansi shouted at the tar-stump.
Anansi fought with the tar-stump and got stuck.
Anansi's family found him stuck to the tar-stump.
Anansi was so ashamed he ran up in the rafters, and that's where he stays.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 21c in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Stanley Jones; additional information in Beckwith's notes.

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