posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 01:25 AM
I have recently been thinking quite a bit about the Hoan Kiem Turtle(s) of Hanoi, Vietnam. For those who aren't familiar, this very small population
of very large turtle lives in a very polluted little lake in Vietnam. The turtle is part of Vietnamese folklore and is an important aspect of the
lives of many people living in that area. Before being discovered recently, it was only thought to be a legend. It was a cryptid. It's now, I guess, a
I'm looking for stories like these. I'm calling them "emblem" animals because they are integral to the lives of people... because they are part of
established folklore or culture, and (in terms of what I'm looking for) they exist and have been identified.
Something seems to ring a bell about a group in Africa. Cattle are very important to the Masai... do you see what I'm trying to get at? I think it was
something with elephants, but now I can't remember.
What are some specific instances of animals (particularly those that are threatened or endangered) being very important to people beyond things like
uses? And the more similar to the Hoan Kiem turtles in terms of folklore, conservation, etc, the better. Even cryptids themselves, if they are
entwined enough into the culture.
Searching for this on the internet is quite challenging. I think that having this central location listing will prove useful.
edit on 9/14/2012
by ravenshadow13 because: clarity