1995 – 1997
There are more things in the world than you will ever know, lion cubs. That is what Anansi had to learn.
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.
- Anansi is a real African legend, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore.