|How Wisdom Came To The World For Everyone (standard:fantasy, 340 words)|
|Author: Peter Addo||Added: Nov 02 2002||Views/Reads: 1668/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A folk tale from the Ga Language speaking people of Ghana , West Africa|
This is a very old story told to me by my Mother when I was a little boy. It was about how Mr Ananse the Sly and greedy one among all the animals in the forest outsmarted himself. As the story goes Ananse, his first name was Kweku because he was born on a Wednesday collected all the wisdom in the world and decided to keep it all in a large pot for him. Now he said “I have all the wisdom of the world for myself. At least that was what he thought. Kweku Ananse then tied the pot of wisdom around his neck with a strong vine rope and let the pot hang in front of him. But then he was afraid that someone would find the pot of wisdom and steal it.” What shall I do with my pot of wisdom” He thought and thought and at last he said,” I shall hide the pot in the tallest tree in the forest.” So he searched the forest until he found the tallest tree and brought the pot of wisdom to the tree. While Ananse was trying to climb the tree his son was watching him.” Father,” he said,” I have an idea. Why not hang the pot behind you instead of in front of you. Then you will be able to climb the tree”. Well the sly one Ananse hung the pot behind him and to his surprise; he was able to climb to the top of the tree with his pot. Finally Ananse sat on a branch of the tree holding the pot of wisdom. “I thought I had all the wisdom in the world” He thought to himself. “I thought I had it all in my pot but my own son has wisdom not in my pot.” Then he made a statement that we still use today.” No one-person can have all the wisdom in the world.” He dropped the pot and it smashed into pieces and scatted all the wisdom all over the world. Tweet
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