What Was The Cultural Importance Of Asian Elephants

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The cultural event I chose was the cultural importance of elephants to the east. Recently Busch Gardens have had an Asian elephant assimilated in. Elephants through history in the east held much importance when it came to warfare, nobility, culture, and way of life. The Elephant was a symbol of power and authority for many powerful empires such as the Mughal Empire or Vijayanagar Empire. Elephants hold very important roles throughout history in Asia and India. Asian elephants have been integral to the history of Asia and India, proving to be useful in many things such as warfare and construction. Asian Elephants are huge mammals that can weigh up to 6 tons, shoulder height of 10 feet, and 21 feet from head to tail. Their size and strength are very useful in hauling things such as logs and are a military might unrivaled for thousands of years. They can live up to 60 years but the …show more content…

Seeing Akbar, the grandson of Babur the founder of the Mughal Empire showing his elasticity and strength to come into a power during disarray and being able to take control through the symbolism of controlling a raging elephant. The elephant commonly used as a show of power and authority in Indian culture, showing his people that he can control a raging elephant is one of the best ways to show great ability to rule. Asian Elephants are huge mammals that can weigh up to 7 tons, shoulder height of 11 feet, and 24 feet from head to tail. The elephant stands a monster and for one man to be able to control one that is panicking is truly a show of control and authority. Another important depiction is the constant use of elephants in religion, such as the Descent of the Ganges relief in Mahabalipuram, India. According to UCLA, the Relief is thought to be about the Kurukshetra war in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The elephants play a key role in battle and take up a large section of the relief to show their grandeur and power among

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