A great deal of mythology exists in regard to the turtle. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven, and the square underside was a symbol of earth. The turtle was an animal whose magic united heaven and earth.The turtle is a creation of nature that carries its round shell over the ground, like heaven, and has a flat bottom, like earth. With a profile resembling a mountain and the turning motion of its toes, it seemed to be a depiction of heaven and earth changing constantly through the seasons.In the West, early Christians didn't like turtles, and they viewed them as symbolizing evil forces during war. In Greece, turtles were once believed to be citizens of hell. But like the Chinese, Indians have alegend that "the world is supported by four elephants standing on a giant turtle."
hearing a Western scientist clearly give a scientific explanation for
the formation of the world, one old Indian woman said that he was
wholly mistaken, that the world was being supported by a giant turtle.
When the scientist asked what was under the turtle, she said, "Of
course there is an endless pile of turtles, one on top of another."
Turtles seem to possess an
enviable and god-like resistance to aging, and so they came to
Their link to heaven and earth made them a natural
for use in divination. Turtles are also symbols of immortality and are
considered temporary dwelling places for souls making their way through
a series of lives on the path to Nirvana. The turtle is considered to
be the second incarnation of thepowerful god Vishnu in the Hindu
religion. After a great flood, which occurs every four billion years
and dissolves the earth, Vishnu transforms himself into a great turtle.
On his back, he carries a vessel in which the gods and demons mix the
elements necessary to re-create the globe. After a thousand years, when
the earth has been reborn, the turtle remains in place, and on his back
stands a large elephant, which support the planet.
According to some Native
American tales, the Earth Diver turtle swam to the bottom of the water
that stretched across the world. He surfaced with the mud which the
creator used to make the earth. The turtle is a shore creature, using
the land and the water. All shore areas are associated with doorways to
the Faerie Realm. The turtle is sometimes known as the keeper of the
doors. They were often seen as signs of fairy contact and the promise
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