Elephants on Parade, Jaipur, India

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The elephant plays an important part in the affairs of the people of India. They are to the hot, wet belt what the camel is to the desert country. They are used to do the heavy lifting and pulling. They are quick to learn and faithful; and they can stand severe work as long as they are treated kindly. These great beasts are more, too, to the Easterner than mere carriers of burdens. Many people have set up images of the elephant to worship. He is also given the place of honor in parades. The East has many more days set apart as holidays than we have. There are all kinds of historical days, feast days, birthdays, and celebrations. All of these are observed with much pomp and ceremony. In the parades given on such days, the elephants belonging to native princes head the processions. In the view you see a group of these fine animals richly decked. Their tusks bear gold or silver bands. Rich gold lace and other trappings are about their necks or over their heads. Fine silken saddle blankets and robes cover their broad backs. The elephants appear to understand that they are the chief figures in the parade. They march down the streets with much dignity, in obedience to the command of their drivers. Describe the elephant so that no one would fail to know how the animal looks. In what other continent besides Asia are elephants found? What qualities of the elephant make him a good beast of burden? Relate a story of an elephant you have read or heard. Name a book that tells about elephants. Keystone ID: 12554 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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