Anansi's son
Anansi son
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Brown, red, and white

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Anansi (father)
Unnamed mother
Unnamed maternal grandmother

Well, why don't you swing the gourd over your shoulder so that it hangs down your back? Then it won't get in your way.
―Anansi's son to Anansi

Anansi's son is a young male spider. He is the son of Anansi, a prominent cultural figure.

Anansi's son spotted his father struggling to carry a gourd of knowledge up a ladder, where it could not be accessed by the other animals. Seeing his father struggle, Anansi's son suggested that Anansi swing the gourd over his shoulder in order to make the climb easier. Anansi took his son's advice and realized that he had learned something from another animal. This led Anansi to pour his knowledge out of the gourd and share it with the other animals.


Helping Anansi

Anansi the spider believes himself to possess the greatest knowledge in the world, making him the smartest of all the creatures. In order to keep this knowledge to himself, Anansi locks it away in a gourd and proceeds to hide it in a corner of the ceiling, where none of the other animals can reach it.

As he is climbing to the top of the ceiling, Anansi is approached by his son, who notices his father struggling to carry the gourd. The young spider suggests his father swing the gourd over his shoulder in order to put the weight behind him, and Anansi gratefully takes the youngster's advice. As the older spider climbs, however, he realizes that his son has just taught him something that he did not know; thus, Anansi is no longer the chief champion of knowledge.

In a split-second decision, the spider reaches the top of the ceiling and turns the gourd upside down, pouring knowledge onto the floor, where it spreads among the animals. This is how knowledge was spread throughout the world.

The bearded stone

Whenever Anansi's family got hungry, he would trick animals into their doom and use their dead corpses to feed his family.


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