I got a temporary one of these and I love it. It's not too big to cover up if I need to, but it's big enough for me to see it and enjoy.
I LOVE elephants. They're one of my favorite animals. Not only are they intelligent and matriarchal in nature, but they behave so much like humans. They grieve like us, even returning to graveyards or places where loved ones died. They play like us and are amazing animals.
Elephants are symbols of remembrance, patience, reliability, dignity, power, good luck, longevity, wisdom, and strength. In Hinduism, Ganesh(a) is a god with a human body and an elephant's head and is one of the main gods people pray to. He is not only the god of learning and wisdom, but he also represents auspiciousness and the removal of obstacles. He has the benefits, too, of destroying vanity, pride, and selfishness.
When I was in college, I had to do some site visits to a few religious sites. One of the ones I chose to go to was a Hindu temple. The building was beautiful and peaceful. It was a place you wanted to stay for a long time. While T and I were there, we both received bananas blessed by Ganesha - something that touched me very much. I was beaming as we left the temple and, if I recall correctly, I ate both bananas.
It's one of my favorite memories from college.
In addition to all that beautiful and wonderful symbolism, baby elephants are just the cutest things I've ever seen. I mean, look at them!
I've been going back and forth on this tattoo for a few weeks now and I'm ready to get it. I think it's going to be T's birthday present to me, and I'm excited to get it and enjoy it.
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