|“||Eyes as black and as shiny as chips of obsidian stared back into his. They were eyes like black holes, letting nothing out, not even information.||”|
–Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
Bird is one of the Old Gods in the Anansi Boys novel, and comes from West-African mythology. She is a villainous goddess of all birds.
Significance in narrative Edit
In Anansi Boys, Charlie Nancy first meets Bird when he travels to the end of the world in his search to find a way to get rid of his brother, Spider. None of the gods are willing to help Charlie except for Bird. Charlie wanted to just get Spider out of his life, however due to confusion and intimidation Charlie accidentally promises Bird Anansi's bloodline, agreeing she can kill both Spider and Charlie. When they make the deal she gives Charlie a feather as a token of their deal.
Later in the story, Bird is hunting Charlie Nancy and Spider. When Spider is captured by Bird, it is revealed that Bird has been working for Tiger all along. Later Charlie meets Bird at the end of the world, where he gives Bird's feather back ending the deal.
Significance in mythology Edit
Bird appears in Anansi tales, where Bird and the other animals are frequently tricked and embarassed by Anansi.