Here is a photo of an Elephant Statue in Bangkok, Thailand. I found it an interesting combination of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Tuesday, February 12, 2008Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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Normally in Thailand you will see a Buddha statue, I found this new statue erected at the Sawasdee Smile Hotel behind the Wat. Alternatively, maybe you could say directly behind the Travelers Connection (Israel Connection).
I thought, hmmm, what is up, this is an Elephant?
There is an interesting bleeding here as maybe a Hindu statue is also treated as a Buddhist statue. I for sure do not want to think about this one much as it just gives a never-ending thread to question marks.
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