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Religious Use of Elephants in Ancient Sri Lanka

@inproceedings{Wisumperuma2012ReligiousUO,
  title={Religious Use of Elephants in Ancient Sri Lanka},
  author={D. Wisumperuma and Sri Lanka.},
  year={2012}
}
The religious use of elephants in Sri Lanka has its origins in the early period of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The oldest record of the use of elephants in Buddhist religious processions and festivals in Sri Lanka dates back to 3rd century BCE, when Buddhism was introduced to the Island. The oldest record of the use of elephants to draw a chariot with the Tooth Relic in a procession is from early 14th century CE, centuries prior to the commencement of the Kandy Esala Perahera in the 18th century… 

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