In many cultures – including modern Western ones, the elephant is considered a symbol of power, wisdom, strength, and good luck. This veneration has grown in popularity over the centuries and the belief that they are a symbol of good luck in particular, has been passed down from one generation to another. But how significant is the honor ascribed to this animal?
There are a variety of opinions relating to the elephant’s trunk and good luck. In Western cultures, it is believed that the trunk of an ornamental elephant should always face upwards. On the other hand, avid collectors in Eastern cultures believe that the trunk should always face downwards, signifying good fortune on the house in which the ornament resides and for those who wear it or walk by it.
For this reason, it is now common to find raised-trunk/downward-trunk elephant jewelry, clothing, and accessories, depending on the cultural beliefs of the people. The ethereal presence of elephants and its connection to humans is now evident in the carvings and statues we see these days. When placed at the doorway or worn as clothing, it is believed they transmit not only good luck, but longevity, knowledge, and success.
What do you think?
Does a raised trunk signify good luck?
Is good fortune transmitted when the trunk faces downwards?
Whatever you may believe, one thing we all seem to agree on is that these amazing and incredibly-sized creatures are a great way to share beauty – and good luck!