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Ananse Gets God's Stories


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(Asante/Ghana)

Ananse (Anansi), a divine trickster, mediates between heaven and earth. A master of disguise, deception, and illusion, he tricks gods and humans alike.

Anansi went to Sky God, Onyankopon, and offered to buy his stories from him. Onyankopon told him the price was a python, a hornet, a leopard, and a nature spirit. Anansi agreed on the price, saying that he would add his mother to the price. By tricking the python, the hornet, the leopard, and the nature spirit, Anansi took them, along with his mother, to Onyankopon, who gave him all his stories, stories that thenceforth became known as Spider Stories.

Subjects: Religion.


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