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Elephant

The elephant which supports the world is called “Muha-pudma,” and the the tortoise which supports the elephant is called “Chukwa.” In some of the Eastern mythologies we are told that the world stands on the backs of eight elephants, called “Achtequedjams.”

Elephant

(The). Symbol of temperance, eternity, and sovereignty. (See White Elephant.)

“L'eternité est désignée sur une médaille de I'empereur Philippe, par un elephant sur lequel est monté un petit garcon armé de fléches.” —Noel: Dictionnaire de la Fable, vol. i. p. 506.

Elephant

(See White Elephant.)

Only an elephant can bear an elephant's load.
An Indian proverb: Only a great man can do the work of a great man; also, the burden is more than I can bear; it is a load fit for an elephant.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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