PHOTO : TASS / Grigory zimenkov General
The new king of Thailand Rama X accepts congratulations from elephants. 11 light-skinned animals with the drovers came to Bangkok from Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the country. Ritual dance they expressed their respects to the monarch on his accession to the throne, transmits television channel “MIR 24”.
White elephant – a symbol of the Thai monarchy. His image graced the national flag until 1917.
Crowned Frame X for a year could not take the throne because of mourning for deceased former monarch. Rules Rama IX since 1946, so few citizens had the opportunity to see this elephant ballet.
“I’m excited because never in my 70 years have not seen such a procession and worship elephants,” said Bunsen Unimet, a resident of Bangkok.
“The elephant is a symbol of the monarch, a symbol of battle and a symbol of peace and tranquility. Elephants live with us for a long time, and when we talk about the most popular and valuable animal we have, we’re talking about an elephant,” said Panarat Puncher, a resident of Bangkok.
Elephants participating in the ceremony, live at the Royal farm. She also serves as a kennel, a shelter, a clinic and training center.