Wesr African Fable: Kweku Anansi a.k.a Ananse the Spider

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A fable is a short story, typically with animals as characters, which conveys a moral. In many countries, they are used to teach lessons. In West Africa, they serve as a means of communication and are passed down from generation to generation. One of the most popular West African fable characters is Kweku Anansi. Ananse stories, as they have come to be known, have been told for thousands of years but became popularized in Ashanti, Ghana. Ananse stories are so well known that they have spread from Ghana to Jamaica and other Caribbean territories, to Haiti, South and Central America, and even to the Sea Islands and South Carolina (Ananse stories are told by the Gullah-descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the low country regions of South Carolina and Georgia-to them, he is known as Aunt Nancy/Miss Nancy). Kweku Anansi was born to Nyame/Nyankupon, Twi for the Great Sky God and Asase Ya, Twi for the Earth and fertility goddess. In Twi, the word Kweku means Wednesday and the word ananse means spider, so his name can be translated to Wednesday spider. Just like the Greeks and Roman...

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