Gemstone Hand Carved Figures - Elephants
The Elephant, our largest land based mammal, has always been held in high regard by many religions and cultural beliefs around the world. Symbols of these majestic creatures have been depicted in mythology and religion for thousands of years. In Buddhism, the Elephant symbol is an image of mental strength and awakening. In Hinduism, one of the most benevolent and fortunate Hindu Gods is Ganesh, the God Elephant of wealth and prosperity.
In the most general universal meaning, the Elephant symbolises strength and power. This meaning refers to both the body and the mind. The elephant is also seen as a sort of spirit guide to help us along a life journey that requires patience and wisdom. Elephant symbolism also represents sensitivity, stability, loyalty, intelligence, peace, reliability and determination, which are all seen in the animal's nature when observed in the wild. Elephants are gentle giants, who show great care toward their herd, offspring and elders.