Elephants have a long history of being a good luck charm and bringing luck. Elephants stand for strength, wisdom, stability, and power. The good luck symbol denotes that only good things will pass it and the terrible things will be stopped. For this reason, it is used in homes, government buildings, and offices.
Use of elephant statues
Elephant statues are popular for distinct reasons. People keep the statue of the elephant at the entrance to important buildings and even their house. The carvings of the elephants should always face the door. It is usual to find two small statues at the entrance of the house. This ushers in peace, prosperity, longevity, knowledge, and success.
Posture of the elephant
You have different versions of whether the trunk of the elephant should be up or down. Good fortune will come your way they say if the elephant trunk is up all the way. But, then you have the non-believers who say that if want the luck to come, the elephant trunk should be down. The prevailing belief is that the trunk should be up for you to get luck as you pass the elephant.
Different good luck charms
You get elephant charms in various forms. First, there is the amulet that keeps you under the custody of the elephant. Then, there are paintings and pictures that show the elephant in various forms. The bracelet made from elephant hair is supposed to be lucky. It will help you all the time wherever you go.
Elephants have big brains
Elephants are the mammals with the biggest brains. This means they have an outstanding memory compared to us. They are capable of emotions such as sadness. They can understand how to use tools in various capacities. You can teach elephants to do specific tricks and work. People associate elephants with water and rain.
Religious connection to elephants
There is a strong relationship between elephants and religion. In many of the cultures, you find the temples have their elephants which they bring out on occasions. The Hindu god with the elephant head is Ganesha. On every religious occasion and festival, it is usual to worship Ganesha. He is the remover of all obstacles. He is worshipped along with the other ruling deity for the festival.
Another elephant that has predominance in Hindu mythology is the Airavata. This is the white elephant belonging to the leader of the gods of heaven, Indra. He is with the gods called devas. Indra resides in Swarga and has control over the thunder and lightning. Devotees gather at Swarga to wait for their next reincarnation. Indra uses Airavata for going around the place in heaven. It is also the king of elephants. It guards the entrance of Swarga. It is married to a female elephant called Abharamu.
Elephant in Thailand
In Thailand, they call the Airavata elephant as Erawan. Erawan is a three-headed elephant that features on the flag of Laos. You have the open-air Erawan shrine where the devotees gather to pray for luck and prosperity. In this temple, you have the four-faced Brahma god that they call Than Tao Mahaprom.
Students come to seek the blessings and when they pass, they offer wooden elephants. They may also bring flowers or food.