By Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea
We now have regularly enjoyed turtles, and we've frequently suspected them of loving us. a global of Turtles, which gathers literary sightings of turtles over time and again and lots of cultures, celebrates the long-standing position of those creatures within the human mind's eye. throughout our background we have now attributed drastically anthropomorphic values to turtles—as this anthology will ascertain. clever, droll, shiny, cautious, liable, severe, and clever spring to mind, but additionally, one way or the other, noble, steadfast, loving. Turtles are consistent symbols of energy, endurance, persistence, and lengthy lifestyles. but, for us, from formative years via maturity, they're perpetual resources of pleasure as good With writings from Aesop to Melville, and folklore from the Abenaki to the Wagarra, an international of Turtles is an anthology of literary, folkloric, and clinical choices approximately turtles and tortoises, compiled from historic, glossy, and modern resources. It appears to be like at those loved creatures from each attainable human point of view, revealing them (and us) of their many guises.
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Extra info for A World of Turtles: A Literary Celebration
He crushes Kahonunuimaeleka's back, tossing bits of bloody shell into the ocean all around him, and returns Hina to her husband. From the pieces of the hill Haupu come the turtles that today swim in the waters of Hawai'i. Another Hawai'ian myth ascribes shapeshifting powers to turtles themselves. In this, an old couple takes in a turtle named Kawaimalino. Some children of the village accidentally poke Kawaimalino's eye out with a sharpened stick. That night, a ghostly woman missing one eye visits the couple in their dreams and implores them to return the turtle to its home in the Wailuku River.
Decker Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data A world of turtles: a literary celebration / edited by Gregory McNamee and Luis Alberto Urrea. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. : alk. paper) 1. Turtles-Anecdotes. 2. Turtles-Folklore. 3. Turtles. I. McNamee, Gregory. II. Urrea, Luis Alberto. P. Clark 91 Partridge and Turtle, Mbundu folktale 92 Galápagos Tortoises, Charles Darwin 94 The Magical Tortoise, Assamese folktale 99 Turtle, José Juan Tablada 101 Florida Tortoises, William Bartram 102 The Tortoise and His Frog Wife, Algerian folktale 105 Turtle Magic, Pliny the Elder 109 Loggerheads, Thomas Barbour 110 The Seditious Tortoise, Igbo folktale 113 Turtle Soup, Lewis Carroll 115 The Children and the Tortoise, Gunwinggu folktale 116 The Hungry Spider and the Turtle, Ashante folktale 118 Cayou Caouan: Sojourn of a Snapper, Rocklin G.
It took a great deal of goading to persuade the turtle to seize the broomstick at all-it plainly would have preferred the hand that held it-but it finally took it, held it, and crushed and pulped it. Mama's broom handle came out looking like a piece of chewed-over sugarcane. Putting your hand in range of a big snapper would not be like putting it under a guillotine or ax; it would be more like putting it under a bulldozer-a slow, complete crunching. The shell and skin are a muddy gray; the eye, too, is of a murky mud color.
A World of Turtles: A Literary Celebration by Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea