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Elephant Rides are one of the popular ways of visiting many of the Angkor Temples. This was how the Ancient Angkorian Kings of old used to get from one place to other place, and elephants were key to the construction of the Angkor Temples themselves as they were used as principal modes of transport given their strength and obedience.

Elephants hold particular cultural significance in Cambodia, most of all for the critical role they provided in the building of the 12th century temple of Angkor Wat. It can be noted that elephants are depicted in numerous bas reliefs of ancient battles throughout the vaulted galleries of Angkor Wat, as well as the Terrace of Elephants located in the walled city of Angkor Thom.

As a religious symbol, the elephant is purely Asian. It represents royalty, power, wisdom, fertility, longevity and more (Encyclopedia of Religion 82).

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  • Copyright: May Jayne (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 22 N: 548] (3431)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-01
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-17 8:28
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