yet another turtle/elephant question

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yet another turtle/elephant question

Postby quink » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:26 am

Hi everyone,
I remember reading a line in a Discworld novel a couple of years ago (can't remember which one! :oops: ) which went something like, "All cultures seem to have a story that involves the world being held up by four elephants standing on a turtle". Can anyone point me to the right novel? I'm hoping to cite it in a blog post, and I'd like to get the exact wording (especially the "all cultures" bit), as well as the name of the book it's from.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: yet another turtle/elephant question

Postby LilMaibe » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:31 am

First, welcome to the board :)
I think that bit is said in various novels. Best wait for Mad to answer :)
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Re: yet another turtle/elephant question

Postby Oberon » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:00 pm

I think it might be "The Fifth Elephant".
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” (Terry Pratchett).
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Re: yet another turtle/elephant question

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:15 pm

Welcome quink! :)

You might want to try and get a copy of 'The Folklore of Discworld' by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson as there a quite interesting section in there about this very subject.
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