Ananse is a folktale character from the stories of the Akan, peoples originating in the south of the former Gold Coast - an area we now call Ghana. Arguably the most famous and popular character in West African and Caribbean folklore, Ananse embodies the spirit and knowledge of all told tales. He is a trickster and a shape-shifter who commonly takes the form of a spider.
Spelling variants: Anansi, Anansy
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