Why do people in Thailand care about elephants so much?



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    The history of the Thai elephant is really rich and complicated, and starts religion, continues with elephants in the monarchy and continues up through the 1980s, when they were used to power the nation’s logging industry.  First, the mother of the Buddha was believed to have conceived the Buddha after an encounter with an elephant, and this story gave elephants royal status.  Kings rode into battle on elephants and kept stables as status symbols, while others used them as beasts of burden.  They were essential to navigate the forests and carry out logs, but now elephants live in the wild and in sanctuaries, which serve as tourist spots. 

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