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The Necklace of Tales

(The first book in the Ananse Stories series)
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This book brings the charm of the traditional Kweku Ananse stories into the context of our modern world. For centuries, the stories of this African folktales character were handed down orally through story telling. The stories originated from the Ashantis who form part of the Akan tribe of Ghana. Kweku is the day name of a Wednesday born male and Ananse is Akan for spiders.

In this story which is the first of a series, the Kweku Ananse tales are recounted through the experiences of an orphan girl named Obiba and by virtue of a mysterious set of beads necklace. The Necklace of Tales, as the beads necklace is known, is as old as the universe. Inside it are captured the Kweku Ananse stories. It comes into the possession of the orphan Obiba, who is living a difficult life with her unkind Aunt in Ghana's capital Accra.

The Kweku Ananse character is a spider with human characteristics. His eight limbs are often depicted as four arms and four legs. His special relationship with the Creator goes back to the time of creation. He is wise and cunning and a trickster. Every Kweku Ananse tale bears some subtle advice and words of wisdom. Told and retold by the captives from the Ashanti tribe during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, the Kweku Ananse stories spread to other parts of the world. They have evolved in places like the southern parts of the USA; the West Indies and the Caribbean. In this digital world of ours today, sometimes a bit of spidery adventurous fun could prove beneficial.

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Used availability for Amma Darko's The Necklace of Tales

Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA Kindle edition

Title: The Necklace of Tales (Ananse Stories Book 1)
Author(s): Amma Darko
Availability: Amazon