~ 48. Anansi, Lion, and the Donkey-Cart ~

Anansi and Lion bought supplies in town.
They were almost home when Anansi said, "I forgot molasses! You go back and get it. I'll drive the cart home!"
When Lion was gone, Anansi hid the cart and donkey in the bushes. 
Next, he cut off the donkey's tail. 
Then he buried the tail sticking straight up out of the ground.
When Lion came back, Anansi shouted, "The donkey ran underground! Grab the tail before he gets away!"
Lion grabbed the tail and pulled. 
"Oh no! I pulled the donkey's tail off!" Lion groaned. "Now we'll never get the cart back."

Inspired byFolklore of the Antilles by Elsie Clews Parsons.
Notes: You can see Parsons' story and notes here. Parsons heard the story from Anderson Cook. Anansi and Lion get the money to buy supplies by selling their mothers; I left that part out.


  1. I don't see why Anansi couldn't just have taken his fare share and not tricked Lion