~ 62. Cunning-More-Than-Father in the Coffin ~


Tiger and Anansi finally caught Cunning-More-Than-Father.
"I'll nail him inside this coffin," said Anansi. "You throw it in the sea."
Tiger took the coffin and headed for the sea.
Along the way, Tiger took a nap.
Inside the coffin, Cunning-More-Than-Father started shouting, "I'm not ready to go to heaven!"
A passing shepherd heard him and said, "Heaven's a good place! I'll go if you don't want to."
The shepherd unnailed the coffin and got in.
Cunning-More-Than-Father nailed the coffin shut.
Tiger woke up, took the coffin, and threw it in the sea.
Cunning-More-Than-Father came home, bringing the sheep with him.


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.


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