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So, anyone can tell me what does the word mean?

I tried babelfish, but got nothing. I wouldn't be surprised if it simply meant spider in some language I don't recognize; but I might be wrong.


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a simple google search for compe anansi would have told you it means "companion".
 
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Yes, compe is short for companion, but that's kinda like directly translating tovarische as "comrade" without understand the social and cultural implications.

Notice that it was Lion, Elephant and others of that ilk that referred to Anansi as Compe Anansi. They were claiming him as an equal -- one of their own.

The cultural traditions that refer to or address the God as Compe Anansi feel a very familiar sort of brotherhood and intimacy with the trickster god.


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Anansi used to be known as (and is still known as on a lot of Carribbean islands) as Baba Nanci; literally Father Spider....this is perhaps why Neil makes a point of always describing him as an old man, used as an honourific for the elderly in africa, as much as it was not so long ago in europe (father i mean)..it'd maybe be Old Man Spider now?
 
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i believe it's a creole dialect for father
 
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