Guardians of the Gates

Elephants

Elephants
Notes: As the largest creature to walk the earth, the elephant is seen as a symbol of strength and power. It is an extremely hard working animal that is revered in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Myanmar that have made it one of their national symbols. Unlike many members of the animal kingdom, the elephant is blessed with super intelligence and a very long life span. Because of this, it has become a symbol for wisdom and dignity.

In the East, the elephant was historically used to carry princes and noblemen and became associated with status and foresight. Many elephant statues, therefore take on a very royal flare. In Buddhism, the white elephant symbolizes patience and wisdom while the Chinese see the elephant as a symbol of energy, strength, and power. Perhaps no other animal is as glorified in the East as the Elephant. Consequently, elephant statues and sculpture play a significant role in Asian décor.

Ref: http://www.luckymojo.com/elephant.html

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Loc.: Temple of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China. Date: 26 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Two elephant.at the temples court yard
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Loc.: Temple of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China. Date: 26 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: The left elephant.at the temples court yard
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Loc.: Temple of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China. Date: 26 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: The right elephant.at the temples court yard
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Loc.: In front of English School, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. China. Date: 12 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of the right elephant.
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Loc.: In front of English School, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. China. Date: 12 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of the left elephant.