Especially for Families

Especially for Families

Anansi and The Pot of Wisdom From Tapestry of Faith, Amazing Grace, Unitarian Universalism

“The Sun God says, “Anansi, I will put all the wisdom in the world here in this clay pot. You must share this wisdom with everyone.” Anansi promises to do so. Anansi takes the pot home. He looks deep into the clay pot and sure enough, he sees sights he has never seen before. He hears sounds he did not know existed. “This is too good to give away. I will keep this great wisdom for myself,” thinks Anansi. “I must hide it!” he says, and he looks  around for a good hiding place.” from the story

Theme Connection: “All the wisdom of the world comes flowing out of the pot. Some falls here, some falls there.  No one gets all the wisdom, but everyone gets some wisdom. This is why, even today, wisdom is everywhere. If you listen to the stories—stories spun from storytellers all around the world—you will hear it.” – from the story

Athena and the Owl; Symbol of Wisdom

“…Athena could not believe the city was hers. She turned to look at the owl and thought how lucky she was to have found it. The bird was wise to know the branch was the gift she needed to win the contest. She realized the owl must be the wisest of all animals. Just as she was the goddess of wisdom, this owl must be the animal of wisdom. She decided from that day onward, the owl would be her sacred animal and would never leave her side.”

Theme Connection: “In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom… Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” … — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world. Athena and an owl appear on each side of the ancient coins of Athens.” –

Old Turtle (Lessons of Old Turtle) by Douglas Wood  (Author), Cheng-Khee Chee (Illustrator)


The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth  (Author)


Nikolai seeks the wisdom of universal truths and finds them with a turtle named Leo – “Remember that there is only one important time and that time is now, the most important person is the one you are with, and the right thing to do is to do good for the one who is standing at your side. This is why we are here.”


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