I did a lot of research on different animals and their symbolism as part of my AS Level Art project last year entitled 'People and Animals' and I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff I learned. Here is Part 4: Elephants. Scroll to the end to get the links to the other parts!


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  • Wisdom is represented in Hinduism by Ganesh, the elephant god
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  • The Ashanti tribe believe elephants are reincarnations of human chiefs from the past
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  • Ancient Hindu beliefs attribute earthquakes to the shaking of elephants' bodies when they tire
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  • In many Asian cultures, elephants symbolise wisdom and royal power
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  • Many African cultures revere the African Elephant as a symbol of strength and power. It is also praised for its size, longevity, stamina, mental faculties, cooperative spirit, and loyalty
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FILM: Dumbo
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SONG: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes (from the album Elephant)

Elephant Gallery

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