Kwaku Anansi’s thin belly came from greed. It is said that one year there was a wedding feast in the town of Kibbes, and another wedding feast in the town of Diabee, and they were both on the same day. Anansi asked himself: “Which feast will I go to?” He thought, and then said: “I am very hungry. I will go to both. I will eat first at the place where the food is served first, and afterwards I will go to the other place and eat again.”
But Anansi couldn’t find out which of the feasts would come first. He went to Diabee and asked: “When will the food be served?” But they could tell him. SO he went then to the town of Kibbes and asked: “What time will the food be given out?” But they didn’t know. He went back and forth between the two towns, first the one and then the other, until he was weary. But still he knew nothing about where the food would be given out first.
So Kwaku Anansi bought two long ropes, and he sent for his sons Intikuma and Kweku Tsin. He tied both ropes around his middle. He gave the end of the rope to Intikuma, saying: “Take this end of the rope with you and go to Diabee. When they start giving out the food, pull hard on the rope and I will come.” He gave the end of the other rope to Kweku Tsin, saying: “Take this with you Kibbes. When the feast begins, pull hard and I will come. This way I will know where the food is given out first.”
So Intikuma went to Diabee, take the end of one rope with him, and Kweku Tsin went to Kibbes, take the end of the other rope with him. Each of them stood in the town and waited to give the signal.
But when the feasts began in Diabee and Kibbes they began at the very same moment. Intikuma pulled and Kweku Tsin pulled. As they both pulled very hard, Anansi couldn’t go one way or another. He was halfway between, and he couldn’t move. His sons pulled harder and harder, and they didn’t stop until the feasts were ended and the food was gone. Then they went to see what had detained their father.
They found him where they had left him, but he didn’t look the same. Where the ropes had squeezed him around the middle he had become very small. And this way he has always remained. Their spider carries with him forever the mark of his greed.
DON'T BE GREEDY KIDS.