~ 37. Anansi's Christening Oven ~

Anansi went to Monkey-Country. 
"I'm here to christen you," he said, "and this is my christening oven. I'll show you!"
Anansi lit the fire.
"I'll get in, you close the door, and when I shout "Christened!" you let me out."
Anansi got in, and the Monkeys shut the oven door. 
Then Anansi shouted "Christened!" and they let him out.
"Now you!" he said to the Monkeys.
The Monkeys got in, and Anansi shut the oven door.
"Christened!" they yelled.
"Not christened yet!" said Anansi.
"CHRISTENED!" they yelled.
"Not christened yet!" said Anansi.
Then Anansi ate up all the roasted Monkeys.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 37 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Adolphus Iron; additional information in Beckwith's notes. In Iron's story, one monkey gets away only half-burned, and he gets revenge on Anansi the next time by not letting Anansi out during the demonstration.


  1. That's unfair because the monkeys let anansi out so why wouldn't he let them out too?