The White Elephants

White Elephants

The White Elephants

The elephant has the Thailand’s National Animal in the past until nowadays. The Elephant is the majestic king of Thailand and also the representation of faith, fortune, and the sacred halo of Thailand.

Elephants with the royal grace of His Majesty also known as “the white elephant” which is a sacred animal that praises the honor and majesty of the king.

Most people might understand that white elephants must be only white. But according to the scripture, there are several colors terms of white, yellow, green, red, black, purple, and clouds which must consist of 7 main characteristics as follows: white eyes, white palate, white nails, white skin, long tail hair, and white testicle.

“White elephant” is divided into 3 main types which are

  • The 1st white elephant, called “Sarn Sa Whet“, this type has the correct characteristics according to the scripture, with a large body and white skin. This is a national elephant.
  • The 2nd white elephant, called “Pathum Hatti“, this type has pink skin like lotus petals or dried lotus. This is an auspicious elephant that is suitable for the war.
  • The 3rd white elephant, called “Sa Whet Kutchaluk“, has a skin color like a dried banana leaf.

Let’s come to visit and conserve with elephants at the Lanta Elephant Sanctuary


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