In many cultures, the turtle is a symbol of the earth, solidity and stability. In China, in particular, it becomes the incarnation of the world. It is known as the holder of the secrets of the sky and the earth. It is said that its shell teaches us how to protect ourselves from injuries, envy, jealousy and the inconsideration of others: the turtle is a wise and thoughtful animal, a protector of humanity. "Honu" means "turtle" in Tahitian.