• Short Summary

    CHIENGMAI, A PROVINCE OF NORTHERN THAILAND, HAS PRESENTED KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ WITH A VERY RARE WHITE ELEPHANT.

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    CHIENGMAI, A PROVINCE OF NORTHERN THAILAND, HAS PRESENTED KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ WITH A VERY RARE WHITE ELEPHANT. THE ELEPHANT, BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS OLD, IS THE FIRST ONE TO BE FOUND NEAR CHIENGMAI IN THE LAST 35 YEARS, AND THE SECOND DURING THE REIGN OF THE PRESENT KING.

    THE CAPTURED WHITE ELEPHANT WAS ESCORTED, WITH ITS MOTHER, TO CHIENGMAI, 15 MILES FROM WHERE IT WAS FOUND. A COLOURFUL ESCORT OF SOLDIERS AND ELEPHANTS ACCOMPANIED THE WHITE ELEPHANT ON THE THREE DAY JOURNEY.

    THE RESIDENTS GAVE THE BABY ELEPHANT A ROUSING WELCOME WHEN IT ARRIVED AT CHIENGMAI. LATER THERE WERE EVEN GREAT REJOICINGS WHEN THE KING AND QUEEN OF THAILAND ARRIVED TO RECEIVE THE GIFT. THE ELEPHANT'S MOTHER WAS ALSO PRESENTED TO THE KING BECAUSE SHE MAY PRODUCE MORE WHITE ELEPHANTS. THE THAIS BELIEVE THAT A WHITE ELEPHANT BRINGS GREATER GLORY ON THE MONARCH.

    DURING THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY THERE WAS A DISPLAY OF MAHOT FIGHTING, EACH MOUNTED ON AN ELEPHANT AND USING A WOODEN POLE AS A WEAPON. AND THERE WAS DANCING WHICH SYMBOLISED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ELEPHANT WHEN IT WAS THE FIRST HEAVY TRANSPORT OF THE ARMY.

    WHILE BUDDHISTS MONKS CHANTED PRAYERS, THE KING TRADITIONALLY POURED WATER OVER IS GIFT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18L1HCM7MDO9URYJDB6AY9IZX
    Media URN:
    VLVA18L1HCM7MDO9URYJDB6AY9IZX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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