~ 35. Anansi Owes Monkey Money ~

Anansi owed Monkey money, but couldn't pay, so Monkey whipped Anansi.
The next day Monkey came and whipped Anansi again.
Anansi told his mother, "Build a fire, put me in a pot, and hide me in the ashes."
But Monkey was a witch who saw hidden things, and he found Anansi in the ashes. He whipped Anansi again.
Another witch gave Anansi a magic rope.
Anansi climbed the magic rope. 
Monkey climbed up the rope after him.
Anansi yelled, "Rope: be cut!" 
Monkey fell down and broke his neck.
Then Anansi yelled, "Rope: be tied!" and he climbed down safely.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 137 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Richard Morgan; additional information in Beckwith's notes, although I am not sure the parallel she cites is the best parallel. This reminds me more of a "cutta cord-la" type of story. For more about the obeah tradition, see Wikipedia. I added the commands that Anansi gives to make the rope do its work. 


  1. I'm so relieved that the monkey died and so couldn't whip Anansi any more!

  2. Anansi deserved to be whipped because he was cheating Monkey. Monkey didn't deserve to die because he was honest. Justice for Monkey!