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A to Z of Anansi the spider.
A is for Anansi. (pronounced ah-NAN-see)
Obviously. Who is Anansi the spider? He is a trickster character brought into the Caribbean by the Ashanti of West Africa, which makes him very old. His time in the islands alone is over 400 years. In his homeland of Ghana, he was the god of knowledge and story telling.
In the Caribbean his stories are as varied as the islands and the people who tell them. There may be similarities, but each story teller can put his or her individual stamp on a tale. Even his name and it's spelling can change from place to place, person to person: Bru Nancy, Hanansi, Anancy, Ananse, Brer Nansi, 'Nansi.
As a trickster he is flawed and has both good and bad traits, which makes him very human. Many times his tricks backfire on him and he becomes the victim of his own greed. Whatever the outcome, Anansi teaches us life lessons and why things are the way they are.