~ 158. Anansi, Lion, and the Liquor ~


Anansi wanted to take Lion's house for himself, so he came to visit Lion, singing this song: "Killed a thousand lions yesterday; how many today-oh, today-oh, today?"
This worried Lion.
"Anansi and I need some liquor!" he said to his first cub. "Get some Never-Come-Back liquor."
The cub didn't come back.
"We need liquor!" he said to his other cub. "Get some Danger-Here liquor."
The cub didn't come back.
"We need liquor!" he said to Mrs. Lion. "Get some Stay-Away liquor."
Mrs. Lion didn't come back.
"I'll go see what's taking so long!" said Lion, and he didn't come back.



Notes: This is story 17: 17. Buh Nansi Scares Buh Lion. The story is from Tobago. The original story describes how the house is built simultaneously by Anansi and Lion. When Lion sends the family for liquor, he follows secretly and tells them not to come back; I had to condense that so I used the motif of the naming like in the christening stories.



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