~ 21. Anansi and Tiger's Bone-Hole ~

Tiger had a big pot of stew-meat, and he had a bone-hole where he threw the bones.
Anansi and his family got in the pot to eat, but Tiger came, so they hid in the hole.
Tiger ate and threw a bone. It hit Anansi's child. "Hush!" said Anansi.
The second bone hit Anansi's other child. "Hush!"
The third bone hit Anansi's wife. "Hush!"
Finally Tiger threw a bone that hit Anansi. 
"Everybody yell!" said Anansi.
So they yelled, and it scared Tiger. 
Tiger yelled, "Ghosts in the bone-hole!" and ran off.
Then Anansi and his family ate the meat.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 8 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from William Forbes; additional information in Beckwith's notes. I added the part where Tiger shouts about ghosts in the bone-hole.


  1. Anansi's entire family are intelligent so they must have laughed and laughed at how he tricked Tiger.

  2. That seems very unlucky for Tiger who had to go hungry.

    1. Maybe he shouldn't have been gullible enough to believe in ghosts then!