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Anansi Fish

The Fish is the first antagonist that ate Anansi in the folk story Anansi and His Sons.

Background

When Anansi fell into the river, a fish began eating him. It is revealed Anansi was inside a fish and still alive when eaten. The six sons of Anansi have to go through the river in order to save him. The third son drank the river, so the fish won't escape. The fourth son had to shed the skin in order to save Anansi. In some versions, the fourth son had to scare the fish when Anansi was still inside. The sons were able to save him from the fish. The fish is never seen again after that.

Trivia

  • It is rumoured in the BBC version that the fish may have died off-screen after freeing Anansi. In other words, the fish may have survived.

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