L'éléphant

Un emblème riche de significations

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Inspired by an original sculpture at Cos d'Estournel, the elephant quite naturally became the symbol of the Michel Reybier Group. This is an acknowledgement of the name "La Réserve" given to the Group’s establishments, and is also an animal filled with meaning no matter what the civilization. Here are a few example.

 

In both western and eastern symbolism, the elephant is consistently associated with memory and intelligence, strength and wisdom, longevity, faithfulness and determination, as well as benevolence and prosperity.

 

In Antiquity, the elephant was dedicated to the sun and regarded as having the longest of all lifespans. It outlives time and therefore represents eternity.

 

Throughout history, the elephant appears as an impressive war machine, from the time of Darius and Alexander the Great through to Tamerlan, the founder of Samarkand, as well as mention Hannibal.

 

In African folklore, the elephant assumes the role of the father, the ruler of the animals. Animal names are sometimes given to certain men by witchdoctors. “Panther men” kill like beasts, “owl men” see at night, “monkey men” climb the trees. “Elephant men” find water.

 

In India, the elephant represents strength, power, storms (the round, grey shape of rain clouds). It represents the pillar of the world. In Hinduism, the god-elephant Ganesha symbolizes intelligence, wisdom and intellectual success, and is the lord of obstacles. The word elephant (gaja) itself means “the beginning and the end”, the ultimate stage of development achieved by the yogi in his spiritual quest.

 

 “The elephant is the animal that surpasses all others in wit and mind.” Aristotle.