The shell’s dome is a symbol of heaven, its lower shell is a symbol of earth. Resilient and resistant, some regard the turtle as the carrier of the entire World. The Madagascar turtle, with its slow movements, establishes a deep connection with all things. Time stops, and life is blessed with longevity. It cannot separate itself from its beautiful shell and it reminds us that we too cannot separate ourselves from Earth and we should live on it with love and care.