Anansi & Ntikuma
One of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore, his tales originated from the Akan people of present-day Ghana.
Anansi is a spider, but often acts and appears as a man and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories.
Also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anancy. In the present day he is known as Nancy, Aunt Nancy and Sis' Nancy.
One of his famous tales with his son Ntikuma:
Anansi once tried to hoard all of the world's wisdom in a pot. Anansi was already very clever, but he decided to gather together all the wisdom he could find and keep it in a safe place.
With all the wisdom sealed in a pot, he was still concerned that it was not safe enough, so he secretly took the pot to a tall thorny tree in the forest. His young son, Ntikuma, saw him go and followed him at some distance to see what he was doing.
The pot was too big for Anansi to hold while he climbed the tree, so he tied it in front of him. Like this, the pot was in the way and Anansi kept slipping down, getting more and more frustrated and angry with each attempt.
Ntikuma laughed when he saw what Anansi was doing. "Why don't you tie the pot behind you, then you will be able to grip the tree?" he suggested.
Anansi was so annoyed by his failed attempts and the realization that his child was right that he let the pot slip. It smashed and all the wisdom fell out. Just at this moment, a storm arrived and the rain washed the wisdom into the stream. It was taken out to sea and spread all around the world so that there is now a little of it in everyone.
Though Anansi chased his son home through the rain, he was reconciled to the loss, for, he says: "What is the use of all that wisdom if a young child still needs to put you right?"
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