Anansi Trades Places

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Anansi Trades Places

Written by Trish Cooke

Directed and choreographed by Paul J Medford

Overview

The Anansi legend originated in Ghana, West Africa with the Ashanti tribe where he is a trickster and folk hero. The word Anansi is Akan for spider, and the stories soon spread to all Akan speaking groups. Anansi then crossed the Atlantic with the slaves during the Transatlantic slave trade to the West Indies. In Jamaica, he became Brer Anansi with his wife Tucooma. In the Dutch West Indies he is known as Nanzi, and his wife as Shi Maria. Soon this half-man half-spider arrived in the UK with immigrants from the New World.

  • Anansi Trades Places | 13 December 2007 - 5 January 2008

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