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Mr. Nancy is Anansi, one of the Old Gods, and a central character in American Gods. He is also the titular character of the spin-off novel Anansi Boys.

Background Edit

Mr. Nancy tells stories based on West African animism, including such characters as Tiger and Monkey. In these stories, Mr. Nancy plays tricks on the other animals, as he is a trickster god.

Significance in series Edit

The Secret of Spoons Edit

Coming to America 1697 C.E.

Mr. Ibis writes a story of a Dutch slave ship and the shackled people within its hold who are being transported to America to be sold. A man, Okoye, prays in desperation to Anansi, pleading for help and telling him he would give him gifts if he had them. Mr. Nancy manifests from a spider and begins to tell them a story. He informs them that they are Black and will be enslaved by white people for centuries, worked to death, murdered, shot in the back by police. Okoye is angered by what he hears and Anansi tells him to use that anger to go upstairs to kill the Dutch slavers and set fire to the ship. Another man says that it will kill them all and Anansi replies that they're already dead and might as well die in sacrifice instead of subjugation. He frees Okoye and leaves. Okoye frees the rest of the the slaves and they set fire to the ship. A plank of the destroyed ship washes ashore and Anansi the Spider arrives in America.

Physical appearance Edit

  • Mr. Nancy's suit is the colors of the Ashanti people with purple being a royal color.
  • His patois drifts to incorporate the many different people who have come to worship him. [1]

Notes and trivia Edit

  • Anansi originated in Ashanti tales, in what is now Ghana, Africa. Anansi is both a man and a spider who is a successful trickster, going so far as to steal stories from the sky god. From this point on, he owns all the stories. He shows up as a character and god in folk tales of the West African diaspora, especially in the Caribbean and the Southern United States. His stories have become those associated with Brer Rabbit and Aunt Nancy.

References Edit

  1. https://shadowandact.com/a-shadow-act-sit-down-with-american-gods-ricky-whittle-yetide-badaki-orlando-jones

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