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Uncle Spider

uncle spider

uncle spider

The spider is the hero of many west African tales. Nobody knows why a spider, of all creatures, should be so honoured. Some say the spider represents a legendary warrior of ancient times, a man renowned for his cunning as well as for his valour; others say the spider is a solar symbol, perhaps because its legs radiate out from a central orb, like the rays of the sun. Here is a spider tale from northern Nigeria.

When Mother hyena was away, Anansis, the spider, went to her den and informed her cubs that he was their uncle, For-you-all.
“Wake me up when your mother brings food,” he said and curling up in a corner, went to sleep.
Presently Mother hyena came with meat which she gave to her cubs, saying: “This is for you all.”

The cubs woke up the spider and gave him the meat which he devoured. Mother hyena brought meat twice more, on each occasion saying, “This is for you all,” while handing over the food to her cubs. Each time, the cubs dutifully woke up Anansis and gave him the meat.
In the evening when Mother hyena came home the cubs started crying for food.
“Still hungry after all the meat I gave you?” she asked, surprised.
“Uncle ate it all!” they wailed.The spider, realising that it was time to run, darted out of the cave and sprinted away.
“That’s Uncle For-you-all!” shouted the cubs.
“Is he!” said their mother, grimly, and bounded after the spider. Anansis rushed into Dog’s house and sat beside him.
“I’ve just finished eating,” said the dog. “I’ve nothing to offer you.”
“That’s all right,” said the spider, “I’ve already eaten. That’s why I’m here.”
The hyena came in just then.
“Which of you was the rascal I was chasing!” she demanded.
The spider pointed to the dog. “He has been running,” he said. “See how he’s panting with his tongue hanging out.”

The hyena pounced on the dog who twisted away and jumped out of the window. The hyena followed him. The spider, knowing that it would be a long time before the dog got back, stretched out on his bed for a short snooze.
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1. tales: a story about imaginary events or people

2. honoured: proud that you have been given special respect or a special opportunity

3. warrior: a soldier, especially in the past

4. renowned: famous and admired for a special skill or achievement

5. cunning: someone who is cunning uses their intelligence to get what they want, especially by tricking or cheating people

6. valour: the quality of being very brave, especially in war

7. solar: relating to the Sun, or coming from the Sun

8. radiate: if lines, paths, or roads radiate from a central point, they spread out from it

9. orb: an object that has a perfectly round shape

10. rays: a narrow line of light that you can see coming from the sun or a lamp

11. hyena: a wild animal similar to a dog that lives mainly in Africa and makes a noise that sounds like laughing

12. den: the home of some wild animals

13. cubs: a young bear, lion, fox, wolf, or other wild animal

14. curling: to form a curved or round shape, or give something this shape

15. devoured: to eat something very fast because you are hungry

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The Other Narrative Text Examples:

  1. Cindelaras
  2. Jaka Tarub and Nawang Wulan
  3. Loro Jonggrang
  4. Lutung Kasarung
  5. Minangkabau
  6. Origin of Lotus
  7. Rama, The Dutiful Son
  8. Telaga Warna
  9. The Fox and the Mosquitoes
  10. The Penny Wise Monkey
  11. The Pirate Crocodile
  12. The Princess and the Pea
  13. The White Gibbon
  14. Uncle Spider
  15. The Bird with Two Heads
  16. The Birds and the Shivering Monkeys
  17. The Jackal and the Arrow
  18. The Monkeys and the Bell
  19. The Purse of Gold
  20. An Old Tiger and a Greedy Traveler
  21. The Wind and the Moon
  22. The Talkative Tortoise
  23. The Ant and the Grasshopper
  24. The Buffoon and the Countryman
  25. The Dog and the Wolf
  26. The Fox and the Stork
  27. The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog
  28. The Frog and the Ox 
  29. The Hare with Many Friends
  30. The Labourer and the Nightingale
  31. The Lion in Love
  32. The Man and the Satyr
  33. The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey
  34. The Shepherd’s Boy
  35. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
  36. Bawang Putih Bawang Merah
  37. Keong Emas
  38. Calon Arang
  39. Kancil and the Farmer
  40. The Myth of Malin Kundang
  41. The Story of Sangkuriang and Tangkuban Perahu Mountain
  42. The Legend of Toba Lake
  43. Cinderella
  44. Snow White
  45. The Story of Smart Monkey and Dull Crocodile
  46. Romeo and Juliet
  47. Kite’s Tale
  48. Story of Rabbit and Bear
  49. Queen of Arabia and Three Sheiks
  50. The Smartest Parrot


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