Vietnam Congress Hit by Bad Omen: Death of `Grandfather' TurtleBy and
Turtle said to be deity protecting country from enemy invaders
Creature's death seen as bad luck in superstitious country
Nguyen Van Minh remembers the first time he saw the rare, giant turtle of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake forty years ago. He was 16 and excited to see the creature linked to the tale of a magical sword used to vanquish a Chinese army in the 15th century.
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