This post is about our 2nd day of the Elephant Round-Up festival, now it was time for the talent show at the elephant stadium.
The introduction was massive,- Led by the white elephant – with all the elephants entering the stadium – once there thy all lay down to pay respect for the recently passed away patriarch monk.
Some of the old Mahout demonstrated how they in the past used their elephants to capture wild elephants.
Then there were some traditional circus trick – and honestly I have never really understood what is the pleasure of seeing a big elephants climb up on a small round table. But what was interesting from this part of the show was to follow some of the mahouts training young elephants, and looking on how they use their own body to demonstrate what the elephant should do. See Elephant playing Dart, paint a picture etc is better to do in a smaller venue.
As often in football, someone get hurt, but “ambulance-elephants”” on duty
The best part at the end, when it was shown how elephants was used in War – extremely impressive to follow the young guy running and perform acrobat tricks on the back of moving elephants!!!! And it was impressive with so many elephants with their mahouts in costume, the music, canon, acrobatic…….
and after the show we could mingle with the elephants or take an elephant-taxi back into town.