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By Stephen Krensky

The sky god Nyame retains the entire world's tales locked in a field. but when Anansi can trick a number of the earth's fiercest and fastest creatures, Nyame will percentage his tales. Will Anansi be triumphant?

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But when he was almost out, Anansi hit him over the head with a club. 35 Osebo groaned. Quickly, Anansi spun his strongest web string around the leopard and the sticks. ” Osebo roared. ” 36 “True enough,” Anansi admitted. ” Anansi returned to the sky god. Nyame was not surprised to see him. “I will take the leopard,” he said. ” Mmoatia the Fairy Anansi was happy he had captured three of Nyame’s creatures. But how would he ever capture Mmoatia? ” he asked Aso. “You cannot find her,” Aso said. ” Anansi started by carving a wooden doll.

Osebo growled at him, showing teeth like knives. “What do you think? ” “How unlucky,” said Anansi. ” “I do not care about lessons now,” said Osebo. “I care about getting out. ” “Perhaps I can help,” said Anansi. “I see some long sticks here. ” said Osebo. ” 33 So Anansi put down the sticks. Osebo placed his paws on them. “The sticks are wobbly,” he complained. “I am doing the best I can,” said Anansi. ” Osebo crept up the sticks, keeping his head down. But when he was almost out, Anansi hit him over the head with a club.

Tales about Anansi spread to other West African regions. They then spread to islands in the Caribbean Sea and to North and South America. In some stories, Anansi is a spider. Sometimes he is a man who can climb and spin webs like a spider. But in all stories, Anansi is a trickster. A trickster is a character who uses tricks to do certain tasks. Tricksters also like to break the rules set by the gods or by nature. A trickster can be a good or a bad character. Anansi uses his tricks to do something good.

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