Last updated: 2019-04-04 | 618 Views |
The Thai people have a long, shared history with elephants and and today the Thai elephant (“chang” in spoken Thai) is a potent national symbol. Elephants have played an important part of Thailand’s history in religion, economy, society, king and even in battlefields.
Historically, the ancient kings of Siam used elephants to ride into battle fighting to defend Thailand on many occasions. From this role in Siam era, elephants became lofty animals by a kings’ side. The status of kings was judged by the number of elephants in his possession. The more elephants a king had the more status and power he enjoyed. Thus, beside the national symbol, the elephants are also the symbol of power presenting their owners.