To the modern Chinese, turtles are viewed in many different ways. It is regarded as one of the four divine animals, along with the dragon, phoenix and chimera. They are worshipped in temples.
According to some Native American tales, the Earth Diver turtle swam to the bottom of the water that stretched across the world. He surfaced with the mud which the creator used to make the earth. The turtle is a shore creature, using the land and the water. All shore areas are associated with doorways to the Faerie Realm. The turtle is sometimes known as the keeper of the doors. They were often seen as signs of fairy contact and the promise of fairy rewards.
A Japanese Fairy Tale about Urashima tells of a man who protects a turtle from some boys who were bothering it. As a reward, the turtle takes the man to meet the King of the Ocean. As a reward for his good deed, he stays there for three days and, upon his return to his village, finds himself 300 years in the future.
In Nigeria, the turtle was a symbol of the female sex organs and sexuality. To the Native Americans, it was associated with the lunar cycle, menstruation, and the power of the female energies.
In the West, early Christians didn’t like turtles, and they viewed them as symbolizing evil forces during war. In Greece, turtles were once believed to be citizens of hell. But like the Chinese, Indians have a legend that “the world is supported by four elephants standing on a giant turtle.”
But things get a lot more interesting when we talk about the maya maize god. Legend states he resurrected from a turtle. In many scenes, an aquatic environment strongly comes to the fore , most famously in the maize deity’s resurrection from the carapace of a turtle that is floating on the waters.
His auto-proclamed ressurection, Chaac kwoned as Tlaloc among the Aztecs, was the god of rain. The Chorti Maya have preserved important folklore regarding the process of rain-making, which involved rain deities striking rain-carrying snakes with their axes.
In Central America, Guatemala according to archaeologists the earliest human settlements in this region date back over 14,000 years. In this region we can find numerous ancient artifacts, and among them is this one: The figure of a man lying inside what appears to be the shell of a turtle and according to legend, these are the giant flying turtles which flew around in Guatemala. You can observe that the entire body is aerodynamically fashioned. The extremities are pressed in an aerodynamic fashion against the body of the figure, once again Ancient technology.