~ 47. Anansi, Lion and the Rain-Charm ~


Anansi brought food to Lion every day, but Lion was so hungry one day that he couldn't wait. He went to Anansi's house and ate Anansi's mother!
That made Anansi mad. Anansi wanted revenge on Lion. 
"We need to do a charm to bring rain," he said to Lion. "Come with me to the crossroads."
At the crossroads, Anansi pounded nails between his own fingers. "That's the charm," he said to Lion. "Now I'll nail you."
When Anansi nailed Lion, he pounded the nails straight into Lion's fingers and toes. Lion screamed, but he was trapped.
That was Anansi's revenge!


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

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