by Ellen Lloyd
June 24, 2020
from AncientPages Website
reveal that ancient civilizations had
a fascination with turtles
and the animal was considered sacred
in many parts of the world.
one of the longest living animals on Earth
was often associated with
the creation of
It was created by the
Maya civilization that like so many
other cultures across the world worshipped the turtle.
is by no means restricted to Central America.
In Hindu mythology, the god Vishnu
took the form of a turtle to
the world on his back.
It was, therefore, considered to be a spiritual being and turtles enjoyed very high status at the time.
Ancient Chinese created
very sophisticated jade turtles in various colors. Several such
remarkable artifacts have been unearthed by archaeologists in the
Yin ruins in the Henan province.
Left: Madrid Codex depicts the
three hearthstones of creation on the turtle.
Right: Copan, Guatemala.
"One head of the turtle is facing north,
and the other is facing south."
Like the Chinese, Indians have a legend that,
Native American Indians believed that the Great Spirit created their homeland by placing earth on the back of a giant turtle.
Turtles are a symbol of the earth in many different Native cultures.
To Plains Indians, turtles are associated with long life, protection, and fertility. In some Plains tribes, a newborn girl's umbilical cord was sewn into a figure in the shape of a turtle to ensure her health and safety.
In other tribes, turtles
are often associated with healing, wisdom, and spirituality.
A late post-classic scene
Madrid Codex portrays a darkened
sky raining upon the earth with three hearthstones atop its back.
East Pomo, a Hoka Native American
tribe, speaks of a race that was evil and terrible. They were
capable of flying through the sky in turtles made of impenetrable
iron with which they could drill themselves into the earth.
Wak Chan-Ahaw was the god of corn, oftentimes also referred to as Hun Huhnapu, father of the heroic twins.
There is absolutely no
doubt that the turtle played a very important role in the ancient
world and as we know, every legend has a true core…