A long time ago, Anansi the spider, had all the wisdom in the
world stored in a huge pot. Nyame, the sky god, had given it to him. Anansi had
been instructed to share it with everyone.
Every day, Anansi looked in the pot, and learned different things. The pot was
full of wonderful ideas and skills.
Anansi greedily thought, "I will not share the treasure of knowledge with
everyone. I will keep all the wisdom for myself."
So, Anansi decided to hide the wisdom on top of a tall tree. He took some vines
and made some strong string and tied it firmly around the pot, leaving one end
free. He then tied the loose end around his waist so that the pot hung in front
He then started to climb the tree. He struggled as he climbed because the pot of
wisdom kepts getting in his way, bumping against his tummy.
Anansi's son watched in fascination as his father struggled up the tree.
Finally, Anansi's son told him "If you tie the pot to your back, it will be
easier to cling to the tree and climb."
Anansi tied the pot to his back instead, and continued to climb the tree, with
much more ease than before.
When Anansi got to the top of the tree, he became angry. "A young one with
some common sense knows more than I, and I have the pot of wisdom!"
In anger, Anansi threw down the pot of wisdom. The pot broke, and pieces of
wisdom flew in every direction. People found the bits scattered everywhere, and
if they wanted to, they could take some home to their families and friends.
That is why to this day, no one person has ALL the world's wisdom. People
everywhere share small pieces of it whenever they exchange ideas.