Elephant tattoos are of great popularity in the Asian and African countries, where people interact with the elephants for centuries. In today’s world, especially in Europe, it has been formed a misconception about the elephants as unwieldy, heavy and infirm animals.
To some extent, the image of an elephant can be equated to the meaning of a turtle tattoo. But if we look at the picture of the elephant from the view of people living side by side with them, it becomes clear quite the opposite.
As the famous Hindu legend says, once the elephants flown like birds, but then were cursed by an old hermit and lost their miraculous gift.
The elephant is a symbol of
Such tattoos are usual both for men and women
Meaning of elephant tattoos in different cultures
The elephant is a symbol of peace and friendship, longevity and wisdom, devotion and inner strength.
In general, the elephant is good and positive, but at the same time very serious symbol.
Very often the mythology and legends associate it with gods and call the sacred animal.
Moreover, elephants are perceived in different ways by different nations.
Here are some examples:
- In many African countries, the elephant is considered to be the strongest animal and correspondingly the most revered one.
- In India and China, elephants symbolize the supreme power. The Buddhist religion ascribes to the animal such properties as stability and spiritual knowledge.
- In the Middle Ages, Europeans believed the elephant was also a symbol of chastity and love as she-elephants abstain from sexual intercourse during the pregnancy.
- In the Roman Empire, the elephant was considered a sign of victory and wisdom, and later, after the collapse of the Empire, the elephant has become a symbol of victory over evil in Christianity.
- In many Buddhist countries, the white elephant symbolizes happiness and spirituality; it is believed that it brings longevity and fertility.
- But the most revered the elephant still remains in India.
He is also a symbol of taming the passions because he holds the trunk in his hand.
Elephant tattoos for men and women
These tattoos are big, as it is senseless to depict such a great animal in small size.
They often tattoo their back with the sketch of an elephant. These tattoos are of different variations.
Girls choose for the sketches of elephant tattoos such styles as:
Celebrities’ elephant tattoos
Eleanor Calder has an elephant tattoo on her right wrist.