~ 85. Anansi Combs Lion's Hair ~

Anansi invited Lion to come with him to the king's feast, and Lion accepted.
"You better let me comb your hair," Anansi said. "You look terrible!"
Lion wanted to look his best for the feast, so he agreed.
Everything was going just as Anansi planned!
"Lean here against this tree," Anansi said, and Rabbit was already hiding in a hole there.
Then Anansi combed Lion's hair back, tying it around the tree.
"Now, Rabbit!" Anansi shouted, and Rabbit bit Lion.
Lion leaped and twisted and finally strangled in his own hair.
Together, Anansi and Rabbit celebrated the end of Lion.

Inspired byFolklore of the Antilles by Elsie Clews Parsons.
Notes: You can see Parsons' story and notes here. Parsons heard the story from Emile Heyward.


  1. Poor lion. It's bad enough when it's just anansi tricking you but when he gets rabbit to help with his scam the poor lion doesn't stand a chance

  2. There's a sucker born every minute!