The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.
This first volume, Elephants in Thailand – Mahouts and their Cultures Today, describes in detail the various ethnic groups, such as the Central Thai, Southern Thai, Yuan, Tai Yai, Tai Lue, Tai Yong, Tai Khoen, Lao Isan, Khorat Thai, Phuan, Kui, Mon, Khamu, Mpi, Lawa and Karen, and their specific elephant traditions, some extinct but most still alive. One-hundred-and-eighteen images show the daily life of the elephant today. This volume also provides a bibliography about literature concerning elephants.