West African Folk-Tales by William H. Barker

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How We Got the Name "Spider Tales"
How Wisdom Became the Property of the Human Race
Anansi and Nothing
Thunder and Anansi
Why the Lizard Continually Moves His Head Up and Down
Tit for Tat
Why White Ants Always Harm Man's Property
The Squirrel and the Spider
Why We See Ants Carrying Bundles as Big as Themselves
Why Spiders Are Always Found in the Corners of Ceilings
Anansi and the Blind Fisherman
Adzanumee and Her Mother
The Grinding-stone That Ground Flour by Itself
"Morning Sunrise"
Why the Sea-Turtle When Caught Beats Its Breast with Its Forelegs
How Beasts and Serpents Came into the World
Honourable Minu
Why the Moon and Stars Receive Their Light from the Sun
Ohia and the Thieving Deer
How the Tortoise Got Its Shell
The Hunter and the Tortoise
Kwofi and the Gods
The Lion and the Wolf
Maku Mawu and Maku Fia or "I Will Die God's Death" and "I Will Die the King's Death"
The Robber and the Old Man
The Leopard and the Ram
tWhy the Leopard Can Only Catch Prey on Its Left Side
Quarcoo Bah-Boni (The Bad Boy)
King Chameleon and the Animals
To Lose an Elephant for the Sake of a Wren Is a Very Foolish Thing To Do
The Ungrateful Man
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked
The Omanhene Who Liked Riddles
How Mushrooms First Grew
Farmer Mybrow and the Fairies

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