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Folktale and Fairy Tale Resources in the CRC: Ananse

This guide will connect you with the folktales, fairy tales, variants, and fractured versions of traditional tales from around the world.

Who is Ananse?

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

Ananse Variants


Photo of a spider

image from Wikimedia Commons

Ananse Compendium

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