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In the ancients legends of many peoples turtle takes an important place in the universe, because they believe that the earth rests on the back of a huge turtle floating in the oceans.
The culture of ancient China is characterized by infiltration of many mythological images from India, where, in particular, there is one legend tells of the great battle that took place in antiquity. Mighty giants rebelled against the gods and defeated. And their boards, abandoned on the battlefield, according to the will of the gods spread to the world, and got legs, heads and tails. Thus, according to tradition, appeared turtles.
Back in China, they've believed the wooden pillars of the Heavenly Temple in Beijing were originally installed on the backs of live turtles, because the Chinese believed that these animals can live for over 3000 years without the need for food and water, as well as the fact that they are endowed with magic power protect the wood from rotting.