May 05, 2011

Turtles all the way down

This comic, recently sent my way by a good friend and former Tricycle intern, seemed worth sharing. I appreciate the message and the turtle instantly reminded me of a passage from David Loy's The World is Made of Stories, recently reviewed by Alan Senuake for Tricycle.

From The World is Made of Stories:

According to a Hindu myth, the world is upheld by the great elephant Maha Pudma, who is in turn supported by the great tortoise Chukwa.

An Englishman asked a Hindu sage what the great tortoise rests upon.

"Another turtle," was the reply.

And what supports that turtle?

"Ah, Sahib, after that it's turtles all the way down."

To turtles!

Image: from xkcd

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ehdoherty's picture

It also appears as the introduction to chapter one in Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time.

Homohabilis's picture

There are actually numerous versions of this story: