Adversaria of Elephant Hunting พิมพ์ อีเมล
เขียนโดย Phya Indra Montri Srichandrakumara   

INDRA MONTRI, PHYA (F.H. GILES). ADVERSARIA OF ELEPHANT HUNTING. JSS. VOL.23 (pt. 2) 1929. p.61-96

Adversaria of Elephant Hunting, (together with
an account of all the rites, observances and
acts of worship to be performed in connection
therewith, as well as notes on vocabularies
of spirit language, fake or taboo language
and elephant command words).

by

Phya Indra Montri Srichandrakumara

(Francis H. Giles).

Vice-President of the Siam Society.

Secret rites & All professions have their secrets the key to which
Observances is held by the master craftsman, and the profession
divulged to of elephant-hunting is no exception to the rule. The
writer. casual observer looking on at the silent and methodi-

cal actions of the men engaged in the operation of hunting would be quite unaware of the extraordinary rites and cere- monies which have to be observed and of the complexity of their nature. Elephant men do not talk of these matters, they are too closely interwoven with their lives. They have a sacred meaning and character for them. One of the master craftsmen opened the door to the secrets with his key and the full character and nature of the ceremonies to be observed was revealed to the writer, who has ventured to record them in this paper. He felt that an account of what takes place might be interesting not only to those who probe into the tangled mass of ancient beliefs in an endeavour to ascertain how man has thought and acted, but also to members of the Siam Society. The introduction of railways and roads, hidden by the dust of motor traffic, into the provinces of the Korat plateau and the seaboard provinces will in the course of a few years cause men 00 change their methods of earning a livelihood and the profession of elephant hunting will become a thing of the past. The new generation will know nothing of how their forefathers voluntarily faced the dangers of the hunt and by what means and by what

 

 

 

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