~ 5. Anansi and Tiger in the Pot ~

Tiger came to see Anansi.
"Hard times!" said Anansi. "No food here."
Tiger went away.
Then Tiger heard Anansi's wife yell, "Dinner's ready."
Tiger returned. "Feed me!" he roared.
"I'll share the food," said Anansi, "if you do what I tell you."
"Okay," said Tiger.
Anansi got in the pot. "Put the lid on. When I knock, let me out."
Tiger put on the lid. Anansi knocked. Tiger let him out.
"Now you!" said Anansi.
Tiger got in. Anansi put on the lid. 
Tiger knocked, but Anansi didn't let him out.
"Got you now!"
Anansi cooked Tiger and ate him.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 16 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Simeon Falconer; additional information in Beckwith's notes. The original story has both Tiger and Tacoomah, but I changed it to just be Tiger. Dance has a version with Anansi and Dog: Cork di Pot, Man.


  1. Tiger is so gullible that he reminds me of Brer Bear!

  2. I know what it's like to be big and strong and tricked by smaller people so I always have sympathy with the hapless tiger.

    1. Haha I know big bro, you're like Tiger I'm more like Anansi, which is why I always win!

    2. I'm glad to hear that clever people have been taking advantage of you! Brain is better than brawn Jonathan!