What Do Elephants Symbolize?

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In many cultures, the elephant is a symbol of power and strength. However, the elephant symbolizes many different things to many cultures and even has several significant religious meanings.

Ganesh is often depicted as an elephant and is a Hindu symbol of wisdom. When used in Asian cultures, the elephant is a symbol of good luck, happiness and longevity. They also admire the elephant’s memory and high intelligence, and use the symbol for some of their political parties. Elephants in Christianity can symbolize temperance as well as patience and chastity. Other cultures use the elephant to represent reliability, pride, royalty and dignity, and European cultures evolved to use the elephant as a symbol of military might.