Jamaica: Tying Tiger

There is a similar story about Brer Rabbit and Lion tied to a tree, but that story does not include the second part of the story here where the tiger/lion is rescued and where Anansi then plays a further trick, taking advantage of the tiger's gratitude to his rescuer.

The Duck-Ant is a type of white ant or termite which builds nests in trees. Brer But, meanwhile, is Brer Butterfly. In another Anansi story, he is called "Brer But-But."

[Notes by LKG]

This story is part of the Jamaican Stories unit. Story source: Jamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith (1924).

Tying Tiger

Brer Tiger got a mango-tree in his place.

Brer Nansi go an' ask if he could sell him a ha' penny wort' of mango. Brer Tiger say no.

Brer Nansi well want de mango. Brer Nansi say, "Law pass dat eb'ry man have tree mus' tie on it 'cause going to get a heavy storm."

Brer Tiger say, well, mus' tie him to de mango-tree.

After Brer Nansi tie Tiger, climb up in de mango-tree, an' eb'ry mango he eat tak it an' lick Brer Tiger on de head.

After he eat done, he shake off all de ripe mango an' pick dem up go away leave Brer Tiger tie up on de mango-tree.

Brer Tiger see Brer But pass an' ask Brer But to loose him. Brer But say dat he kyan't stop.

Brer Tiger see Brer Ant passing, ask Brer Ant to loose him; Brer Ant say he kyan't depon haste.

Brer Tiger see Brer Duck-ants passing an' ask him fe loose him. An' don' know if him will loose him, for don' know if him will put up wid him slowness, for Duck-ants is a very slow man.

After him loose him, Brer Tiger tell him many t'anks an' tell him mus' never let him hear any of Duck-ants's frien's pass him an' don' call up "How-dy-do."

Brer Nansi in a cotton tree were listening when dey talking. De nex' evening, Brer Nansi go to Brer Tiger yard an' knock at de door.

An' say, "Who is deah?" an' say, "Mr. Duck-ants's brudder." An' dey tak him in an' mak much of him, get up tea because it was Mr. Duck-ants's brudder, an' after dat go to bed.

In de morning provide tea for Mr. Duck-ants 'fore he wake, an' when he wake an' was washin' his face he got to tak off his hat. An' Brer Nansi is a man wid a bald head, an' dey got to fin' out it was Brer Nansi an' dey run him out of de house.

(400 words)

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