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Arachne and Athena – the Arachne story in Greek mythology

By |2018-10-02T09:32:08-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

The Arachne story: Greek women weaving at a warp-weighted loom - Athens, 500s BC Who was Arachne? Arachne was a girl who lived in Greece a long long time ago (in the story; this is a story). She was a very good weaver and spinner. Who invented weaving?  Why did women spin? Arachne wove all sorts of beautiful pictures into her cloth, and people [...]

Anansi and the Wisdom of the World

By |2018-04-13T13:06:54-07:00May 21st, 2017|Africa, Literature|

Djenne clay pot from medieval West Africa Long long ago people didn't know anything. They didn't know how to plant crops, or how to weave clothes, or how to make iron tools. And the god Nyame up in the sky had all the wisdom of the world. He kept all the wisdom stored [...]

Anansi and the Turtle

By |2018-04-12T10:10:20-07:00May 21st, 2017|Africa, Literature|

Anansi and the turtle An African story This is an African story about Anansi the spider and Turtle. One day, Anansi the spider picked some yams from his garden. They were extra beautiful delicious yams, so he baked them carefully in the fire. Then he sat down to eat them up. Turtle is [...]

How Anansi gave people stories

By |2018-04-12T09:59:36-07:00May 21st, 2017|Africa, Literature|

A West African story Long, long ago, according to this West African story, the sky god Nyame kept all the stories locked up in a wooden box, up high in the sky, and the people down on earth had no stories to tell. Lots of people and animals had tried to get the stories from [...]

How Anansi taught people to farm

By |2018-04-12T09:22:11-07:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Literature|

Anansi learns to farm: Women hoeing fields (Uganda) An African story This is a story people in Africa tell about how Anansi the spider taught people how to farm. In the beginning, according to the story, people didn't know how to farm. They had to get their food from the wild, hunting it [...]

Anansi the Spider

By |2019-01-25T05:38:31-07:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Literature|

Anansi the Spider: A spider mask from West Africa (but only fifty or a hundred years old) When were Anansi stories written? African storytellers tell stories about a clever spider named Anansi. Nobody wrote down these stories about Anansi the spider until about a hundred years ago. Are these the same stories that people told in [...]