The metal tool that the mahout carries can easily be considered a weapon when not used properly. An ankur in the hands of a frustrated mahout is not a good day for the elephant. Some wildlife protection groups are trying to introduce a bamboo ankur that would be less likely to scar or inflict unnecessary suffering to the elephant. However, if the elephant was not expected to perform and do tricks for us, the ankur would be greatly unnecessary.
Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.... ... read more
This blog shares travel stories, writing, and narrations about spirituality and opening the heart to life. It includes some details from my three trips to India (in 2005, 2006, and 2008), other travels, organizations that are helping elephants (and the Dancing Bears), and even shares the secret of "How to Find Yourself" in India.
Cathy Rosewell Jonas:
As a fellow traveler on the spiritual journey, I am sharing what I have learned about opening the heart to life.
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