Five stories of a very savvy, completely unscrupulous turtle. He's a trickster we've met before, but he has an entire episode of semi-murderous turtle hijinks. Even though turtles are cute and seemingly harmless, they should not be trusted under any circumstances ever. You should also avoid going into business with them, when possible.
The creature this week is the hyosube, from Japanese folklore. He's a crazy little guy who will give you fevers for just being polite.
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Do you happen to know of any resources or books where we can find out more about this turtle/folklore? i.e. specific groups who created the stories, how and why they used them, more layered metaphorical meanings?
How did the turtle’s wife feel about him getting married to the princess?
I might have said “Make. The Sweet. Feces” about ten zillion times since listening to this episode. Heh.
This made me smile so big. I felt ridiculous saying that interchange into the mic, but it was so much fun.
I’m a fan of these West-African trickster stories. Something about conniving, talking animals is incredibly entertaining. More please!
I love them too. I didn’t think I would do any of the sort when I started the podcast, but they are a lot of fun.
These are such fabulous stories! Thank you!
Just a quick point: I think the main character is probably a tortoise, not a turtle. They are two completely different species and turtles don’t feature much in Africa whereas tortoises do, a lot. Even the image for the cast is of a tortoise, not a turtle. I’m from Africa and I have noticed that Americans often make this mistake.
No worries though. I knew what you meant and loved the stories anyway.