Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration. This week’s mythical element is: Anansi In African mythology, Anansi is a trickster god who is a spider, but he often appears as a man. The stories about him are mostly told in the way of oral tradition, and he is also often associated with skill in speech and wisdom. He is also seen as an example to be followed amongst the slaves as in the tales told of him, he manages to turn the tables on his oppressors. A very prominent god, there are so many tales about Anansi that there is a specific word for tales about him, which span a vast range of subjects. Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.