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Within the ancient African kingdom of the Ashanti people in Ghana was born the story traditions about Anansi. Anansi the trickster is a spider, and is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. He is also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anancy; and in the Southern United States he has evolved into Aunt Nancy. He is a spider, but often acts and appears as a man. The story of Anansi is akin to the tricksters Coyote, Raven or Iktomi found in many Native American cultures. In this story nearby Anansi's miserable little hut there was a fine palace where lived a very rich man called Nothing. In the story we will learn why babies cry. Your host, Binary Mouse, introduces Your Virtual World's Campfire Tales Series in the hosted version. You can also view this video below in our special Virtual
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Free Fireside Theater stories are tiny tales usually less than ten minutes long and told by Your Virtual World's animated story tellers. They are published and freely available for viewing without cost to the worldwide audience of story listeners. Unlike the Campfire Tale Series of stories, they cannot be personalized or serve as reading exercises for early readers. They are presented to the world in order to share in and preserve the long cultural history enshrined in stories that mankind has collectively created over many generations on earth.