The people and the chief whispered among themselves,
“Anansi is wise indeed.” Anansi nodded in sage agreement
and continued his pronouncements:
Wisdom has three friends,
Courage, sense, and insight.
The chief and the people applauded Anansi and danced
in his honor. Then
they placed all kinds of foods at his feet, for poor Anansi
loves to eat more than anything, although he hates to
plant and harvest his food. “I am very wise indeed,” thought Anansi as the people and their
chief returned to their homes.
He should have stopped this deception, but he was
too greedy. Too bad he did not listen to his own wisdom.
Anansi’s deception. One morning the chief’s daughter and her husband had a terrible
chief and his advisers could not solve the dispute.
“Send for Anansi,” commanded the chief.
“He will advise us.”
shares his ill-gotten wisdom.
The guards looked throughout the entire village, but
Anansi was nowhere to be found.
When the guards reported that Anansi was missing,
the chief suddenly realized that since Anansi had become
very wise he was never seen during the day. “Perhaps we had better use the three friends
of wisdom that Anansi told us about,” the chief said to
his advisers. So he sent for the honey guide, a brave and
trustworthy bird, and instructed it to hover over Anansi’s
house and follow him wherever he might go.
That night Anansi had made his proverbial announcements,
bid his farewells to the chief and the people, and ate
the delicious foods they had brought him.
Then, when all was quiet, he began a journey through
the bush. He napped a little bit and walked a little
bit, traveling deep into the bush.
The honey guide followed, carefully making sure
that Anansi could not see it.
After several hours, nearing daybreak, Anansi reached
a swampy area where a great thicket of thorns and vines
surrounded a savanna.