Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sacred Turtle of Hanoi Passes On

There is a soft spot in my heart for turtles and tortoises, so I was saddened to hear of the passing of Cu Rua a.k.a. Grandfather Turtle of Hanoi.  I first heard of this turtle in 2011 when his illness spurred a massive effort to improve the water quality of Hoan Kiem Lake and restore Cu Rua to health.

According to today's NY Times article, "Hanoi’s giant turtle was seen as an important link between “the here and now, the earthly world and the spiritual world.”

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