World Turtle Coloring Page
“The World Turtle (also referred to as the Cosmic Turtle, the World-bearing Turtle, or the Divine Turtle) is a mytheme of a giant turtle (or tortoise) supporting or containing the world. The mytheme, which is similar to that of the World Elephant and World Serpent, occurs in Chinese mythology and the mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.”
“A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
— Stephen Hawking, 1988
Upon purchase, you’ll be able to instantly download this single coloring page as a watermark-free PDF and print to color it as many times as you please. The PDF is sized for an 8.5×11-inch page with half-inch margins. It can also be printed on A4 paper without issue.
This coloring page was hand drawn in pencil and ink by Candy Hippie, then scanned and digitally retouched to create a perfectly clean and professional image with no smudges, sketch lines or other unwanted marks.
Print using a laser printer to prevent smudging when coloring, especially if you’ll be using ink, paint or markers rather than colored pencils or crayons. Consider printing on card stock rather than plain paper to prevent your pigments warping or bleeding through your page.
Do not sell the PDF file and do not sell printed copies, or use the image for any commercial use. Feel free to give printed copies of this image unaltered as gifts, but the artist requires that you please do not give away copies of the file itself.