Inspired by the folktale Adene and the Pineapple Child from the Ga ethnic group of Ghana. A childless couple adopts supernatural child who is originally a pineapple. But a few happy years later, unforeseen events cause her to revert to her original form. Her father manages to grab onto a bit of the hair on her head just before she reverted to pineapple form. Holding all that is left of his daughter, he clutches the hair to his chest and weeps in despair. This is the myth of how men came to have hair on their chests.
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Part of series inspired by folklore about plant material changing into human form (and in this case, back again):
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I knew that pineapples were not indigenous to Africa, which made me wonder when the Pineapple Child folktales of Ghana originated. My cursory research didn't turn out a date for the introduction of pineapples to West Africa. I would guess the details of the story took their current form within the last few hundred years, after pineapples were introduced from the Americas. But I suspect the basic structure of the folktale itself predated pineapples, since there have been non-pineapple variations of the tale in various West African ethnic groups.
It is interesting how plants travel around the world Now I want to eat a sugarloaf too.
I love folktales and how they evolve over time. Some are more ancient than others, and some are being created as we speak, but there's always an otherworldly undercurrent that goes beyond geographic regions!