The Bean Feast
The Bean Feast 1
Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

Finding Is Keeping


Choosing Friends

This time, the wicked spider contrives to have a bean feast all to himself – but how?

The Bean Feast is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.


Anansi the spider and his wife decide to buy a farm and grow vegetables. Though the spiders plant many different kinds of vegetables, Anansi loves the beans the most and plots a way to keep them all to himself. One day, he tells his wife that if he dies, she should bury him on their farm with cooking things for his spirit.

Just days later, Anansi grows sick and dies, and his wife buries him according to his wishes. As is customary, the family leaves the farm for forty days to grieve, and Anansi, who had only been pretending to be dead, picks all the beans for himself and makes a bean feast every night.

At the end of the forty days, Anansi's family returns, and his wife sees that all her beans have disappeared. She curses the thief aloud, and a voice consoles her to mourn the death of her husband, not the disappearance of her beans. Recognizing the voice, Anansi's wife brings her son to the farm the next day and tells him to cut down a tree near Anansi's grave. The son expresses concern that it will fall onto the grave, but his mother insists that he cut it down anyway.

As Anansi's son starts to cut down the tree, Anansi springs from the grave and declares that he is a ghost. His wife, however, accuses him of having stolen their beans and begins to chase him across the farm, which prompts Anansi to hide in the leaves of a bush. To this day, spiders can be found hiding in the leaves.