~ 181. The Ghost's House in the Sky ~


Duppy (Ghost) lived in the sky. 
Anansi wanted to eat Duppy's food, so he watched how Duppy called the house down.
"Come down, me chin-chin!"
Then Duppy sent the house up.
"Go up, me chin-chin!"
Next day Anansi waited for Duppy to come down and send the empty house back up.
Then Anansi called, "Come down, me chin-chin!"
Anansi entered the house.
"Go up, me chin-chin!"
Anansi was in the sky! He ate and ate.
But he couldn't remember the going-down song. He was stuck!
Duppy brought the house down and found Anansi.
Then Duppy boiled Anansi and ate him!


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 17c in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Harold Tulloch; additional information in Beckwith's notes. The word "duppy" refers to a ghost, although Beckwith suggests that it might mean something more like "Devil" here in this story.


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