This story comes from an old Ghanaian folk tale. Ananse is a man who feels his family has become over-indulgent and slothful and seeks to teach them a lesson. Ananse pretends to be dead, and his family takes him to a small wooden hut in the jungle. He stealthfully ventures out into the night to rob his own farm, delighting in his small victories over his family. One of his sons builds a wooden statue and covers it with tar to capture the elusive and furtive Ananse. The story of B'rer Rabbit and the Tar Baby can be directly traced to this African folk tale.
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