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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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Elephant knowledge

Elephant knowledge

(p.139) 4 Elephant knowledge
Elephants and Kings

Thomas R. Trautmann

University of Chicago Press

The elephant staff—hunter, trainer, driver, physician—embodied and transmitted the knowledge of elephants and their management. The content of this knowledge can be tracked in an ancient Sanskrit treatise of kingship, and the Persian survey of the kingdom of Akbar, more than a thousand years later (the Arthaśāstra and Ain-i Akbari).

Keywords:   Mahout, Arthaśāstra, Ain-i Akbari

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