~ 9. Anansi, Tiger, and the Lady's Sheep ~

Anansi kept stealing a lady's sheep until there was only one sheep left.
"I'll kill Anansi for you," Tiger told her, "if you give me that sheep."
Tiger killed the sheep and put on the sheepskin.
Anansi came to steal the last sheep, but he stole Tiger instead!
"This sheep is heavy," Anansi groaned.
He carried the sheep home and cut its throat.
"There's no blood," said Anansi, confused.
"There's ME!" roared Tiger.
Anansi ran, and Tiger couldn't catch him.
When the lady saw Tiger, she was mad. "Anansi's still alive!" 
She locked Tiger in jail for stealing her sheep.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 5a in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Joseph Macfarlane; additional information in Beckwith's notes. In the original story, this is connected to Anansi tricking the lady with a chicken; I added the part at the end about Tiger getting locked up in jail like in this story: Mr. Mighty's Missing Sheep.


  1. I was hoping Tiger would catch him this time but yet again he ends up in jail. How does Anansi sleep at night?