Elephants of Thailand in Myth, Arts, and Reality by Rita Ringis
This book surveys a wide range of elephant lore in Thailand, past and present. Early Thai writings, both sacred and secular, European traveler's tales of centuries ago, and more recent diplomatic correspondence with the West concerning the role of the elephant in Thai life are touched upon, providing an interesting historical perspective.. Also explained are religious, artistic and literary backgrounds underpinning Thai attitudes to elephants,both real and mythical. The elephants of modern day Thailand are also described, whether as rarely glimpsed wild herds, as "students" in the unique elephant training school, as workers in the forests, or as participants in the great annual round-up in Surin.
Kuala Lumpar 1996
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