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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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Structures of use

Structures of use

caturaṅga, vāhana, vyūha

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(p.107) 3 Structures of use
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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/9780226264530.003.0003

Elephants were fitted into, and altered, existing structures of use. The threefold Indian army (foot soldiers, chariots, cavalry) now acquired an elephant corps and became fourfold (caturaṅga); elephants became the most prestigious form of conveyance (vāhana), reserved for the king; and war elephants took their place in the doctrine of battle arrays (vyūha). The game of chess was a product of this culture.

Keywords:   army divisions, animal conveyances, battle arrays, chess

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