Why Stories Are Told About Anansi
Why Stories Are Told About Anansi
Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

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Have you heard of Anansi the spider? He was proud of his sneaky ways and wanted all the animals to talk about him. Let me tell you what happened.

Why Stories Are Told About Anansi 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.


A spider named Anansi begs the Sky God to let all the stories told about the god instead be told about Anansi. The Sky God agrees, but only if Anansi brings him a swarm of bees, a python, and a leopard. Anansi agrees and goes home to think.

For the first task, Anansi puts a drop of honey in an empty gourd and carries it around until he encounters a swarm of bees. After telling the bees that his friend doesn't believe that a swarm of bees can fit inside the gourd, the bees prove it to him by flying inside, and Anansi shuts them in and takes them to the Sky God. Next, Anansi cuts himself a long stick and tells a python that his friend believes that pythons and cobras are about equal in length. Indignant, the python stretches out to his full length and lets Anansi tie him to the stick to stop him from squirming. With the python captured, Anansi carries him to the Sky God.

Now on the final task, Anansi digs a hole and waits for a leopard to fall into it. When a leopard at last falls for the trap, Anansi ties his feet to a stick to help him out of the hole. However, instead of letting the leopard free, Anansi takes him to the Sky God, who finally grants him his wish.



  • Anansi is a real African legend, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore.[1]



  1. Anansi. Blackwell Reference Online. Blackwell Publishing Inc. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.