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Wisdom isn't found in one person (Anansi Storytelling)
Wisdom isn't found in one person
Anansi shows God how a lie can be more hurtful than a wound. God realizes that wisdom cannot be found in one person. He rewards Anansi by naming all stories Anansi stories.
More from this storyteller: Interview with Kwame Sakyi (b)
Wisdom isn't found in one person (Twi)
Once upon if time God lived in his cottage. The name of the cottage was: There's no one besides me. Kwaku Anansi also lived in a cottage not so far away from him. The name of his cottage was: Wisdom isn't found in one person. They became good friends. One day kwaku Anansi asked God: 'What is more painful: the incision of Tribal marks or to be falsely accused of something?' God answered that a blade would cut your flesh, but when you are falsely accused of something you could just walk away and deny it. One day Kwaku Anansi went to God's cottage and relieved himselve on the stove. The next morning God's mother-in-law found the mess and was shocked and told everybody in the village. Meanwhile Kwaku Anansi hired the Rat to digg a tunnel to the room where God kept his talking drums. That same day the drums started talking and saying that God had done the deed. God couldn't bare the false accusations and wanted to kill himself. Kwaku Anansi reminded him of their conversation and God realised that false accusations could be as painful as the incisions of tribal marks. God now understood why Kwaku Anansi had named his cottage: Wisdom isn't found in one person. And from then on assigned all stories to his name. That is how all stories became Anansie stories.
Story type: Verhaal
Keywords: wisdom; pain; story; stories; Ananse story; lie; God; Ananse; gossip; Anansi; name; gossip; lie; trick
Copyright video recording: © Foundation Vista Far Reaching Visuals
Related videos: Why Anansi's name comes before every story (s), Anansi and the wisdom (s), Interview with Kwame Sakyi (b), A lie is more hurtful than a wound (s)
The Anansi Masters project is a digital platform developed by Vista Far Reaching Visuals and partners. At the website http://www.anansimasters.net you can find information about the story character of Anansi or Nanzi and especially many stories. The stories originated in Africa and were exported to other parts of the world through slave trade and migration where they developed independently. In Anansi Masters, the similarities and differences between the stories and storytellers can be found. Anansi Masters initiates different activities all over the world where stories from this oral tradition can be found. Anansi Masters collaborates with writers, theatre makers, filmmakers, researchers, schools and of course with many many storytellers. Discover all the results on the Anansi Masters website!