NOTE: Grant will be away training in Thailand until December 20.

What does an elephant symbolize?

In Thailand, elephants are sacred animals in Buddhism and symbolize good luck, prosperity, and endurance.

FB image of monk with elephant

Introduction

Riding on the back of an elephant in Thailand is the ultimate bucket list experience for many people. Historically, people used elephants for work and war in Thailand. Spiritually, Buddhism portrays elephants as sacred animals. And culturally, elephants symbolize good luck, prosperity and endurance.

The elephant is the largest land mammal on our planet, and they are secretive and keep their distance from other animals. Elephants spend most of the day is spent eating and drinking about 150 litres of water daily.

Elephant statues in Chiang Mai
There were over 100,000 elephants in Thailand at the start of the previous century. Today there are only 3,000-4,000 elephants left in Thailand amidst a global population that has been estimated as low as 30,000.
Fortunately, a small but growing number of elephant refuge centres in Thailand employ more sustainable methods to keep tourists, elephants, and their mahouts happy.

Our Tapestry

Sirius Health is proud to own a beautiful Kalaga Tapestry from the Mae Sai district of Chaing Mai province depicting a parade of elephants. The elephant is probably the most common image you will see when you visit Northern Thailand.
We hope that this tapestry will inspire our customers before and after their treatments, so we have hung the elephant tapestry in the Bamboo Room, our change room.
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