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Friday, July 8, 2011

Why Turtles Live In Water African Folktale

Why Turtles Live in Water is a captivating African folktale. 

Why Turtles Live In Water

Turtles used to live on the land, they say, until the time a clever turtle was caught by some hunters.

Why Turtles Live In Water African Folktale photo taken by Tambako the JaguarThey brought him to their village and placed the turtle before the Chief, who said, "How shall we cook him?"

"You'll have to kill me first," said the turtle, "and take me out of this shell."

"We'll break your shell with sticks," they said.

"That'll never work," said the turtle, "Why don't you throw me in the water and drown me?!"

"Excellent idea," said the Chief. They took the turtle to the river and threw him into the water to drown him.

They were congratulating themselves on their success in drowning the turtle, when two little green eyes poked up in the water and the laughing turtle said, "Don't get those cooking pots out too fast, foolish people! As he swam away he said, "I think I'll spend most of my time from now on, safely in the water."


It has been that way ever since!


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