~ 36. Anansi's Pot of Water ~


Anansi went to Monkey-Country, carrying a big pot.
He filled the pot with water and put it on the fire. 
Monkey watched.
"Warm water feels good," said Anansi. "When it gets too hot, say "Bunya!" and I'll pull you out. Like this!" Anansi got in the pot. 
"Feels good." Then after a while he said, "Bunya!" and Monkey pulled him out.
"Now you!" said Anansi.
Monkey got in. 
"Feels good," he said. Then after a while he said, "Bunya!"
"No bunya yet!" said Anansi.
"Bunya!" yelled Monkey.
"No bunya yet!" said Anansi.
When Monkey was cooked, Anansi ate him up!


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 37 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Elizabeth Hilton; additional information in Beckwith's notes. The word "bunya" here sounds like a version with Rabbit and Tacuma in Dance: "mek water bun yu 'kin"(make the water burn your skin) in: Cork di Pot, Man.


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