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In Asian cultures elephants symbolize wisdom and royal power.
In Europe, the elephant became a symbol of military might from the experience of fighting foreign powers that fielded war elephants throughout history.
After Alexander the Great’s victory over King Porus of India, the captured war elephants became a symbol of imperial power.
The phrase “Elephants never forget” refers to the belief that elephants have excellent memories. The variation “Women and elephants never forget an injury” originates from the 1904 book Reginald on Besetting Sins by British writer Saki.
Many African cultures revere the African Elephant as a symbol of strength and power. South Africa, uses elephant tusks in their coat of arms to represent wisdom, strength, moderation and eternity.