World Turtle Tee by Jan Landers

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I have always felt connected to Turtle, and the Sea Turtle has always touched my being in a special way. Lately I have felt inspired do so some art to honor them. This design incorporates the Medicine Wheel which celebrates the Sacredness of All Life and the Celestial energies of the Sun & Stars. The spiral in the center, for me, always represents Divine Energy.

Turtle Stories from CasaTortuga

Turtles are a popular symbol in mythology because of their longevity and appearance. With their protective shells and charming demeanor, they are often found to be symbols of tranquility. Many cultures depict the turtle as carrying the world on its back or supporting the heavens.

Hawaiian
Kauila was the legendary turtle who would turn into a girl to watch over the children playing on the beach. The hole dug by her mother for her nest became a freshwater spring used by the people of Punalu’u Bay. She is celebrated at Punalu’u Beach State Park with a plaque.

Hindu
Vishnu’s second avatar was Kurma the Turtle. Kurma the Turtle came to help the Devas obtain the nectar of immortality. To churn the sea into nectar, a giant snake was used as a rope and Mount Mandara was used as a rod. When the mountain began to sink, they called upon Vishnu to help them. He incarnated as a turtle and supported the mountain on his back, so that the nectar of immortality could manifest.

Mayan
In the Mayan Creation Myth, the Maize God Twins were transported in a giant canoe (The Milky Way) to Orion’s belt, which they saw as a giant cosmic turtle. The god Chak cracked open the back of the turtle with a lightning stone. The Maize Gods grew from the crack in the back of the turtle and it stretched out two serpents that formed a path for the sun and represented the umbilicus through which the Maya communicate with their sky gods.

Native American
In some Native American traditions, the World Turtle carries the earth upon its back. The great spirit of the Cheyenne, Maheo, kneads mud from a coot’s beak until the grandmother turtle can support the earth on her back. The Mohawk believe that the trembling of the earth is caused by the old grandmother turtle stretching beneath the great weight of the earth she carries upon her back.

Mesopotamian
In ancient history, the Mesopotamian people believed that the turtle was associated with one of their Gods called Ea. The turtle was used on “kudurrus” (a type of stone document) as a symbol of Ea, a deity in Summerian mythology

African
In the African mythology of the Yoruba tribe, a semi-independent, large ethnic nation in Africa located in Southeastern Nigeria; Iapa the tortoise is a trickster in a series of tales they tell of exploits. Traditional Yoruba religion is centered around several deities called “orisha.” As adults, the Yoruba often honor several of these deities.

China
The Gong Gong, a Chinese water god was responsible for the great flood. In Chinese mythology, Gong Gong was ashamed that he lost the fight to claim the throne of heaven and smashed his head against Mount Buzhou, a pillar holding up the sky. To fix the situation, the goddess Nu Gua cuts off the legs of a sea turtle to take the place of the mountains in propping up the sky. In this sense, the turtle’s shell with the flat underside and the rounded top represents the idea of the flat earth and domed sky.

Chinese mythology
In the African mythology of the Yoruba tribe, a semi-independent, large ethnic nation in Africa located in Southeastern Nigeria; Iapa the tortoise is a trickster in a series of tales they tell of exploits. Traditional Yoruba religion is centered around several deities called “orisha.” As adults, the Yoruba often honor several of these deities.

Taiwan
In villages, turtle shapes are made with paste cakes for festivals held in honor of the lineage’s patron deity. In order to assure prosperity, harmony, and security for the next year, people buy these cakes and take them to their family.

Comments

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 5 years ago

    My Goodness my friend…such background info…you hit the books like a professor for this one! Learn something new everyday! Thanks and it is a great T !!

  • thank you, my friend…..happy you like it and enjoyed the info, too! i learned from it myself! :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • artist4peace
    artist4peaceover 5 years ago

    lovely 2 a T! ; ]

  • why, thank you, sweet lady…. :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • shilohlin
    shilohlinover 5 years ago

    exceptional information and a glorious design honoring Ke’ya
    this is superb…..I must have it~

  • thank you, dear friend…i thought of you…and i just added more stars… :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    so cool hun1 i’ll have to come back and read this after i’m fully awake and have my glasses on lol. sorry hun theres no way i can focus on the print right now

  • thanks, tc! i know it is also a lot to read, but i found it interesting…i appreciate you taking time to comment this early in your morning, my friend! :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    i promise i’ll come back and read it hun it does look interesting. well its technically not to early… 8:30 am missy is in school, and i desperately need another cup of coffee lol

  • drink up, my friend…..and breathe in the day….all is well…. :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    lol heading for a second cup as we speak. so much to do today to prepare for the trip tomorrow morning lol. the sun is out and the birds are singing :)

  • Alice Oates
    Alice Oatesover 5 years ago

    Lovely design! REally nice

  • thank you, alice…so much….

    – Jan Landers

  • JenLand
    JenLandover 5 years ago

    Wow! Awesome tee Jan and all the myths/legends/traditions about turtles is so cool!!!

  • thank you, jen….sorry for the delayed reply…i haven’t been on much….but know that i do appreciate always your comments, my friend!

    – Jan Landers

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    he comes up beautifully here on the green tee Jan!

  • thanks so much, karin….sorry for the delay in responding…always good to see you here, my friend!

    – Jan Landers

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Woot! lol! lovin’ this turtle sweetheART brill ‘T’ ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • thank you for your always supportive comments, val….i so appreciate them…and sorry it has taken me so long to reply….haven’t been here much….

    – Jan Landers

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