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White Elephant

Image courtesy of Jennifer Jorgensen

Interpretation of stories.

The White Elephant is a legendary character in the Thai tradition. This particular story tells of the king placing religious artifacts on the back of the White Elephant and setting it free. The elephant wondered for a long time and finally stopped on the top of a mountain where it then collapsed from exhaustion. The kings then built a Wat on top of the mountain. Thai tradition interprets the story to mean the elephant sacrificed its life to find a suitable place for the artifacts. Doi Suthep, Thailand.

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