~ 180. Anansi and the Rock by the River ~


Anansi sat down on a rock by the river and started eating.
"Give me some food, Anansi!" said the rock. "I'm hungry!"
"Don't bother me, Rock!" said Anansi. "This is my food."
Anansi ate all the food, but when he went to stand up, he was stuck. The rock wouldn't let go.
"Help!" Anansi yelled.
A man walked by and heard him. "What's wrong, Anansi?"
"Rock's got me! Pull me off!"
The man pulled, but part of Anansi's skin stayed stuck.
That's why moss grows on the river side of the rocks: that is Anansi's skin he left behind there.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 49 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Sarah Vassel; additional information in Beckwith's notes.


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