~ 3. Anansi and his Grandmother ~

Anansi killed his grandmother, put her body in his wagon, and drove into town.
He told the barkeeper, "Take some whiskey to my grandmother in the wagon. Wake her if she's asleep."
The barkeeper couldn't wake her.
Then Anansi came out and shouted, "You killed her!"
The barkeeper gave Anansi a sack of gold coins to keep quiet.
"How did you get that gold?" Tiger asked Anansi.
"I killed my grandmother and drove her to town," said Anansi.
So Tiger killed his grandmother and drove to town, shouting, "Who wants to buy my dead grandmother?"
They locked Tiger in jail!

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 135 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from William Cooper; additional information in Beckwith's notes. Beckwith classifies this as tale type 1535, The Rich Peasant and the Poor Peasant. I added the part at the end about Tiger getting locked up in jail.


  1. My brother told me to read these stories saying they were really funny with lots of clever tricks, but I always end up feeling really sorry for the person or animal that has been tricked.

    1. I think that shows the main difference between you and your brother. He realises that brain is better than brawn. You don't seem to realise that. I assume you are more stupid than your brother?