S: Anansi Storytelling
FC: Anansi Storytelling
1: Jessica Dam & Charmie Adajania
3: Anansi folktales give artistic explanations about why things are the way they are, and these stories allow our mind to wander endlessly throughout a world full of mistakes with a moral behind it. Also known as Aunt Nancy stories in the southern United States, these stories originated from the Ashanti people in Ghana, and these stories had spread across the world due to the slave trade.
4: The Dogon People of Mali: The Creation of the Universe
6: The world began when the creator of this world, Amma, split an egg into four sections. This is what the Dogon people of Mali, Africa say. The story continued when in the egg, were the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water. When the elements mixed, seven explosions followed.
8: As a result of these explosions, life was created. Amma had two kids in her tummy. One of them, Yurugu, didn’t want to be in there and broke out. Then, Amma spread the pieces of the other baby, Nommo, around the world to regain order.
9: Yurugu | Amma | Nommo | Life was Created
10: Afterwards, Amma gathered the pieces of Nommo and gave him life again. Nommo then created the four spirits that became the ancestors of the Dogons.
11: Dogon Tribe
12: Anansi Folktales
14: Anansi, also known as Kwaku Anansi, is a spine-tingling spider that often acts and appears as a man. He loves to trick others although he often fails and learns a lesson through his experiences.
16: The myths of how Anansi got his stories often vary, but each explanation is full of charm and vivid creativity. In the beginning where sticks and stones created war and the depths of the sparkling ocean were left unexplored, there were no stories to be told. All of the stories had belonged to the sky god, Nyambe. Anansi had spun a web that reached to the heavens in the sky.
18: Nyambe agreed to give Anansi the stories which were in a golden box for a price. The price was to capture the leopard of the terrible teeth, the hornets that sting like fire and the fairy that men never see. Anansi had eagerly agreed.
19: Anansi ran across many jungles until he came upon the leopard of the terrible teeth. The leopard’s mouth began to water as soon as he had laid eyes on Anansi. Before the leopard could eat him, Anansi desired to play a game, for the leopard enjoyed playing games. The game was that Anansi would bind the leopard’s legs with vines. When he completed binding the legs of the leopard, he left him tied in order to give the leopard to Nyambe.
20: Next, Anansi was ready to capture the hornets that stung like fire. He crept and crept until he came upon the busy nest of the hornets. He had held a calabash that was filled with water, and a banana leaf. He sprinkled some of the water on the banana leaf and covered it above his head as an umbrella. Anansi sprinkled the rest of the calabash’s water over the hornets net and yelled, “It is raining! It is raining!” He yelled for the hornets to go into his calabash for protection. They all flew quickly into the calabash, and Anansi rapidly stuck the mouth of the calabash closed. He placed the calabash filled with the hornets with the leopard, and the hornets were ready to meet the sky god.
22: Now he was ready to capture the fairy that men never see. Anansi carved a little doll holding a bowl. He covered the doll with sticky latex gum, and he filled the bowl with pounded yams. He placed the doll by the tree where fairies like to dance, and he hid behind the tree. The fairy ate the yams and gave thanks to the doll, but when the doll didn’t respond, the fairy slapped the doll and her hand got stuck because of the sticky gum. Anansi came out of hiding and took the fairy that men never see, and the fairy was ready to meet the sky god.
24: Anansi spun a web and had wrapped it around the leopard of the terrible teeth, the hornets that sting like fire, and the fairy that men never see and he carried it up to the sky. He presented all three to Nyambe. Nyambe gave him the golden box of stories in return. When Anansi opened the box, all of the stories scattered to the corners of the world, including this one.