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Greetings & a Coincidence

Postby Oddbod » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:37 am

Hello everyone.
I thought a strange coincidence might be a fine first post.

I've just finished reading the story of two CIA agents captured by the Chinese in the 1950's, one of whom is called Downey.
During their incarceration, they meet a Chinese prisoner who believes the earth is carried on the back of a giant turtle.

The story is here: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for- ... 01373.html
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:31 am

Welcome Oddbod! :D

The idea of the world being carried on the back of a turtle (with or without elephants) is not original to Terry.

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In Hindu belief, the tortoise is nothing less than the foundation of the universe. In one Vedic myth, a great flood regularly occurs every four billion years and completely dissolves the earth. The god Vishnu then returns as his second avatar (or, earthly incarnation), the tortoise Kurma. On his back rests Mandara Mountain (the eastern mountain of the four buttresses of the World Mountain/Mt. Meru); it serves as the gods’ churning rod to remake the earth from the sea of milk. In another Hindu story, the tortoise Chukwa serves as the underlying foundation for the “elephant-Atlas”, Maha-pudma.



Terry is doing what he does so well - taking something that exists, although may be obscure - and using it in his own world. :)
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Postby mspanners » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:44 am

Hi, welcome to the mad house :D !
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:19 am

Welcome to the forum Oddbod :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:05 am

Sounds like a bloody big flood/climate change Tony :wink: Hope Vishnu's a Ninja Turtle :lol:

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Postby Dotsie » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:08 pm

Hi Oddbod :D I see Terry coincidences all over, I think the man's read everything :roll:
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:04 pm

Welcome to the forum Oddbod,Image
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Postby chris.ph » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:34 pm

welcome to the site oddbod :)
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:59 pm

Welcome to the NutHouse all newbies!
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