Two white elephants for Myanmar

Two white elephants for Myanmar - July 5, 2002
New York Times (registration required) has the story: "According to records, white elephants have emerged during times when kings and governments ruled the nation in accord with the 10 kingly virtues," the English-language daily New Light of Myanmar told its readers when the first elephant was found. "Emergence of the white elephant is a good omen at this time when the state is endeavoring to build a peaceful, modern and developed nation," it said. BTW: Thailand has 11 and Laos' only one recently died. Also, believe it or not, these kind of "we have a white elephant" announcements are usually intended as a kind of insult to annoy the Thais--a kind of touting of Burmese pride and legitimacy.
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