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Ananse the spider man


A hero of many folk tales in West Africa and the caribbean is Ananse. He is both spider & man. When things are going well he is a man but in times of danger he becomes a spider. Ananse likes to trick the other animals and get the better of those who are much bigger than himself. He may be greedy and selfish but he is also very funny. He is a hero because he bought the gift of telling stories to people.

Arachne's Tale

A greek legend tells of Arachne a girl who was very skilled at weaving. The goddess Athene challenged her to a contest, Arachne won. The goddess became so cross that Arachne killed herself. Athene was sorry and turned the little girl into a spider so she could spin forever.Arachnid is the scientific name for spiders, named after Arachne

The Spider & the King



In 1306 the king of Scotland, Robert the bruce,was resting in a barn after defeat by the English. He watched a spider trying to spin a web. Six times it had failed, on the seventh attempt it succeeded. Inspired by this to fight on, Robert the bruce finally defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314.


The Industrious Spider

Spiders have been admired for their tireless spinning for centuries. This picture was painted by the Italian artist Veronese in the 1500s. He wanted to depict the virtues of the great cities of Venice, whose wealth was based on trade. To represent hard work and industry he painted this picture of a woman holding up the spider in it's web.
The Spider Dance


In the middle ages the people in Taranto in southern Italy called the large wolf spider (Lycosa narbonensis) the tarantula. They believed the venom of the spiders bite could only be flushed from the body bydoing the tarantella, a lively dance. However, the bite was not serious. An epidemic of spider bites at the time was probably caused by the Malmignatte spider (Latrodectrus tredecimguttatus).

Marvel Comics 'Spiderman'

The bite of a radioactive spider gave the comic book hero his special powers. He is very strong, with a keen sense that warns of danger, and he can cling to almost any surface. He also has web shooters that come out of his wrists, which help him catch criminals

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Raiko and the Earth spider
People have regarded spiders as dangerous and magical animals for thousands of years. This Japanese painting from the 1830s shows the legendary warrior Yorimitsu ( also known as Raiko) and his followers slaying the fearsome Earth spider.
 
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