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 Magic Slipper

Kentaro – a young Japanese boy – is given a magic slipper by a mysterious old man. Will the slipper help Kentaro care for his ailing mother?

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.

Una-nana and the Elephant

Una-Nana was a mother of two very beautiful children. All creatures of the neighborhood were in awe of their beauty. One fateful day one mean elephant swallowed the two children. Una nana was in great pain and sorrow when she came to know of the mishap. Then she embarked on a journey to free her children.

Black Bull of Norroway

In a certain place called Norroway there lived a young girl who was destined to marry a black bull. The young girl said “so be it, I will marry a black bull”. Then came a day when a blackbull came to her doorstep to take and the duo went on a journey so adventurous – there were trolls, glass mountain, magic walnuts and golden hazelnut. listen to this fantastic story to know more about this love story of a girl and a black bull.