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Centuries-old elephant kraal getting facelift

AYUTTHAYA: Owners, mahouts and Brahmin priests led 10 elephants to worship deities in a ceremony marking the start of a B30-million restoration of the centuries-old Royal Elephant Kraal on Monday (May 7).

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 13 May 2018, 10:00AM


A mahout is uses a chicken bone to predict that the B30-million restoration of the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya will proceed smoothly. Photo: Sunthorn Pongpao / Bangkok Post

A mahout is uses a chicken bone to predict that the B30-million restoration of the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya will proceed smoothly. Photo: Sunthorn Pongpao / Bangkok Post

They are traditionally required to first seek permission from the sacred place, built during the time of the kingdom of Ayutthaya, and perform a ritual to predict the outcome.

Thongrian Miphan, president of the elephant foundation, led 10 elephants to the ceremony at the kraal in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya district. Brahmin priests and nine revered mahouts also took part.

The kraal, listed by the Fine Arts Department as a national archaeological site, is showing the wear of time and countless visitors. Authorities said its nearly 800 large talung, or pillars, where elephants are tethered, will be a focus of the repairs.

In the past, mahouts used the kraal to show the king how they rounded up and caught elephants.

 

 

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