~ 142. Anansi and the Six Sons ~


A mother had six sons. 
When she got sick, her sons looked for a doctor.
"I'm a doctor!" said Anansi. "To cure your mother, I need yams, plantains, and butter."
The six sons brought Anansi yams, plantains, and butter.
"Now lock me and your mother in the kitchen for seven days," said Anansi.
Anansi ate the yams, plantains, and butter. He ate the mother too!
That was the first day. Then Anansi ran off.
After seven days, the sons opened the door.
No Anansi, no mother.
No yams, no plantains, no butter.
Just the mother's bones lying on the floor.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 38 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from George Parkes; additional information in Beckwith's notes. There's a second part of the story where Jackass helps the children catch Anansi and they burn him to death for revenge.


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