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.
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,
The Whale thinks that he’s the biggest. But soon he hears whispers that there is something bigger than he is. When he finds out that it is the Diabutsu – or Buddha statue – in Kamakura, he goes there to see for himself. Listen to know what he finds out.
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.
Why does the jackal go hukka-hua! This is a fun Santhali tale from rural West Bengal.
The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the war. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside.
Story Title: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Storyteller: Prabha Sathyanarayanan
One day, a doubt arose in Sage Narada’s mind. Narada is a great devotee of Lord Narayana who roams around the three worlds always chanting the Lord’s name. He went to his father Brahma and asked the meaning and importance of chanting the powerful Narayana mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’.
Have you ever wondered why bats hang upside down? This story explains why. Beautifully told by master storyteller Vikram Sridhar.
At the suggestion of Vishnu the gods, (devas) and demons (asuras) churn the primeval ocean in order to obtain Amrita which will guarantee them immortality. To churn the ocean they used the Serpent King, Vasuki, for their churning-string. For a churning pole they use Mount Mandara placed on the back of a Great Tortoise – the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu.