Turtle Tales – Celebrating turtles with stories from across the world

Turtle Tales – Celebrating turtles with stories from across the world

May 23rd is World Turtle Day and this feature celebrates turtles. We dug into world mythology and folktales to unearth stories about turtles from across the globe and across human history. These stories come from North America, Africa, India and Japan.

The Wolf in Sheep’s Skin

Find out what happens to a wolf dressed in a sheep's skin when tries to blend in with a shepherd's flock of sheep. Will the wolf successfully have a feast? Or will someone intervene and save the sheep from becoming the wolf's dinner?

The Dog and his Bone

The age-old favourite of the dog and his bone is told here in Sindhi. Find out what happens to the stray dog with the bone when he meets another fellow just like him with a bone that’s just like his.

Sindhi Stories

The Sindhi language is a living reminder of the ancient roots of this community.

Garud Ani Ghubad

Find out what happens when old enemies decide that it is time to be friends. The owl and the eagle have decided to bury the hatchet. But will the hungry eagle be able to recognise the owl’s little ones? Will the owl’s description help?

Indradhanush Prithvi Par Utra

Saptam the Rainbow is eager to see Earth from close by. So he visits and asks the trees and the waterfall for a place to stay. But they turn him down. What will happen next? Find out in this Hindi story about the adventures of Saptam the rainbow on Earth,

Anansi Brings Stories to the World

Anansi the spider knew there was something missing from the earth, and that thing was stories. He was a very clever trickster but getting the stories from the Sky God would not be easy. There would be a high price to pay and Anansi would need all his trickery if he was to succeed.

Byang Aar Haati (The Frog and the Elephant)

A proud frog and his wife meet an elephant in the jungle.

Sheyal Keno Hukka Hua Kore (Why does the jackal go hukka hua)

Why does the jackal go hukka-hua! This is a fun Santhali tale from rural West Bengal.

The Dog Who Went Abroad

Story Title: The Dog Who Went Abroad
Storyteller: Munmun S Agarwal
Author: Vishnu Sharma
Language: English
Chitranga was a dog, who lived in a certain town which was affected by a famine. People had no food to eat, and they cared not to give any to the dogs or cattle or any animal. Due to lack of food, along with other animals, the dogs were starving. Some of them even died.