About him Edit
Anansi is an African folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. He is also one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.
He is also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anancy. He is a spider, but often acts and appears as a man.
Anansi is depicted in many different ways. Sometimes he looks like an ordinary spider, sometimes he is a spider wearing clothes or with a human face and sometimes he looks much more like a human with spider elements, such as eight legs.
In his human form, he wears a black fedora with a red spider sign in the middle, a white mask to only cover his eyes so no one would know him, a dark blue heroic suit with a cape with the same colors as behid of it was red. His wrists are banded by white robes, as he helds his wooden staff, as the tip of it was carved into a spider. He also wears a red belt and black riding shoes.
Anansi tales are some of the best-known amongst the Asante people of Ghana. It was as remembered and told tales that they crossed to the Caribbean and other parts of the New World with captives via the Atlantic slave trade. In the Caribbean, Anansi is often celebrated as a symbol of slave resistance and survival. Anansi is able to turn the table on his powerful oppressors by using his cunning and trickery, a model of behaviour utilised by slaves to gain the upper-hand within the confines of the plantation power structure. Anansi is also believed to have played a multi-functional role in the slaves' lives; as well as inspiring strategies of resistance.
As the Man in the Moon gain him the title of Guardian, he started to help the children, if they are in captivity or enslaved by evil people. He often tells children of his adventures and his stories of resistance and the meaning of freedom.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Illusion casting Edit
He can make illusions when he hits his staff on the ground. The person sees him as if he would decapitate of thousand of spiders that went at the person.
Wall walking Edit
As he is part of a spider, he can wall walk in his animal form as well as in human form, on any types of walls.
- The Anansi tales originated from the Akan people of present-day Ghana. The word Ananse is Akan and means "spider".