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Sunday, October 2, 2011


I wish you 'TRUNKS UP' luck this weekend.

I am thinking ...
Today is going to bring all good to me.


People that collect elephants are always talking about the 'trunks' being up is good luck.......

American fascination with the lucky elephant-god of India and the white elephants of Thailand combined in the form of the ubiquitous lucky elephant knick-knack. In typical American fashion, it was decreed that only those elephant figurines with their trunks upraised were lucky. The rest were, as a friend of mine put it, "just elephants."

This "trunk up" belief has no apparent origin in Africa, India, or South East Asia where elephants are native, but is widespread in the USA, and many Asian and African amulet and statuary makers now produce trunk-up elephant statues for American buyers. It may have originated in the west-British and Irish belief that a lucky horseshoe must face upward or "the luck will run out." The statuette shown here is a cheap Japanese lusterware "trunk up" elephant knick-knack purchased in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s. Other lucky elephant figurines of the mid-20th century were made of ivory, ivory-coloured plastic, onyx, porcelain, jade, serpentine, and ebony

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  1. Trunks up to you!!!!!!!Peanuts anyone?????? Maryanne xo

  2. I have always wondered about this craziness, and I love elephants. xx's

  3. Here I was hoping to see swimming trunks. oh well.

  4. I can't open the site. ???
    Oh well, I haven't figured how to get messages on my phone either. I miss you. Mama

  5. Love elephants and think they are a fun and whimsical decorative that I know their powers in bringing good luck, I like them even more!

  6. Whatever it takes right?
    Trunks up,
    no phones,
    a break in the humidity!
    Wishing you all of the above for a restful Sunday.
    xo Lisa

  7. How funny.. I didn't realise the Trunks Up was an americanism..

    Hope your trunks are all facing upward this week.. ciao xxx Julie

  8. I provided a comment earlier but you chose not to include. So I would like to try again. As someone who spent two years living in a country where elephants walked down the road outside my house, I can tell you that elephants with trunks up are not a good sign at all. Apart from when they are reaching for leaves from trees or palm fronds, elephants generally tend to put their trunks up when they are about to trumpet or bellow. This is usually a sign of disturbance or anger and probably indicates that the elephant is upset for some reason. This does not indicate good luck for anyone who happens to be around the elephant at this time. A disturbed elephant is not a happy elephant and they can do a great deal of damage and be very dangerous.

    Many Sri Lankans gave me gifts of carved and painted elephants, weavings of elephants etc. All have their trunks down - as an elephant with trunk up is not a good sign. I don't know why Americans insist this is a sign of good luck when it generally indicates the animal's disturbance.

  9. Pamala

    great comment.
    what we americans all need to know.



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I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

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