Why Anansi has eight thin legs – African Folk Tales for Kids | Educational Videos by Mocomi


A long time ago, there lived a spider named Anansi in a small African village with his wife. Though Anansi’s wife was an excellent cook, he loved tasting food cooked by others. One day on his way to the river, Anansi visited the rabbit’s house. “Oh, the greens in your pot look amazing!” Anansi said staring into the pot in which the rabbit was cooking. The rabbit invited him to lunch. Anansi knew that if he stayed back the rabbit would ask him to help out in kitchen. Anansi thought for a while and said, “Actually, I have some work to finish, but I can come back for lunch. I can spin a web and tie one end of it to your pot and the other to one of my legs. As soon as the food is cooked, you can tug on my web and I will be back.” The rabbit liked the idea and agreed to it. Anansi then stopped at the monkey’s place. The monkey welcomed Anansi and said, “Please come and have some beans; they will be done in a minute or two.” “Oh thank you, Father Monkey. will come back soon,” Anansi replied and suggested that he should tie one end of his web to the beans pot and one end around his leg. The monkey agreed to give him a tug. Anansi started walking again. Anansi then smelled sweet potato and exclaimed, Anansi then smelled sweet potato and exclaimed, “Oh, this is the most amazing sweet potato that I have ever smelled! The hog who was cooking the potatoes offered him some. Anansi suggested the same idea to him and he too agreed to it. Anansi visited a few more places and, by the time he reached the river, he had one web tied to each of his eight legs. He suddenly he felt a tug on one of his legs. “This must be the rabbit,” he thought. But just then he felt another tug, and then another one. By now he was being pulled from all directions. The pull continued and he felt the stretch on all his eight legs. The animals continued to pull and Anansi’s legs started stretching, becoming thinner and thinner. Anansi jumped into the river to save himself from the pain. After all the webs were washed out, he slowly climbed out of the river. “Oh God, this was certainly not a great idea,” Anansi said. Since that day, the spider has had eight thin legs.

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