The turtle plays (not only) a central role in the creation myths.
Akupara is the cosmic turtle.
Agni Purana: In addition to the snake’s breath, seven fires burn the three worlds, heaven, earth and underworld. The earth becomes flat like a turtle.
Sage Kashyapa – literally turtle – is considered the father of all beings.
As Kurma – Turtle – Avatar, Vishnu is part of the creation process.