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Elephants and KingsAn Environmental History$
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Thomas R. Trautmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226264226

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226264530.001.0001

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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

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(p.261) 7 Southeast Asia
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Elephants and Kings
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Thomas R. Trautmann

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226264530.003.0007

Funan, earliest kingdom to emerge in Southeast Asia, adopted the Indian model of kingship and used war elephants. Subsequent Indianizing kingdoms of the region used war elephants, for the better part of two millennia. Wild elephants were abundant, and instead of importing elephants from India local peoples adopted Indian methods of capture, training and management. Elephants feature prominently in the monuments of Angkor Wat.

Keywords:   Funan, Angkor Wat, Indianizing kingdoms of Southeast Asia

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