If the lion is the king of Africa, the elephant is surely the emperor. The strange silhouette of the elephant has captured the imagination of man since time began. A long, rope-like tail, legs with knees, elegant ivory tusks, and trunks that boggle the mind trapped between massive ears. Elephants are alien looking, yet they patrol the savannas and plains of Africa with undeniable but absolutely deserved arrogance. Heads held high and eyes forward, elephants have taught the children of Africa important lessons in life since the very first time the sun rose in the gigantic African sky, and this continues today.
Looking out across an endless landscape of green and yellow, Africa looks peaceful and even at rest with itself. From sunrise to sunset, the image changes by the second. Africa is alive. And there it is, the unmistakable call of an elephant, like a triumphant horn commanding an army of Africa to attention. The call of the elephant travels far and wide, and others in the herd and those beyond respond appropriately, whether it be a command, an instruction, a warning or perhaps just a welcoming good morning. The elephant knows how to command respect and understands Africa better than any other animal.
The elephant is the giant of the African plains, dwarfed by only the giraffe, standing strong through seven decades of life. A powerful beast able to push a one-hundred-year-old tree to the ground in a matter of minutes and able to kill a man in seconds, the elephant is revered and respected by everyone and everything. From the moment the sun rises through its midday zenith and beyond the sunset into the coolness of night, the elephant reigns supreme, and in Africa, its people bow down.
Hunted Now Protected
The circle of life on African soil continues unabated. For thousands of years, floods, droughts, and ravaging fires have left an indelible mark on the continent, a fingerprint that tells a storey of a never-ending struggle for survival. Among the stories of natural disasters are the mistakes of man who has raped and pillaged Africa to near destruction. The graceful, peaceful beasts were hunted for their tusks, and yet they have survived this horror to rule once again. Respect for the beast has been restored and the elephant again rises from the ashes, protected in a new age of dominance for the wildlife of Africa.
While ivory was hunted for art, there was no way to capture the stature and elegance of the elephant. The people of Africa know this. Since time began, the tribes of Africa have captured the beauty and strange absurdity of elephants. Their fears of the beast as they hunted it for food are depicted in cave paintings, and their respect for it today is found in carvings and, above all, candles. If elephants could speak, they would heartily approve of the magnificent, decorative elephant candles. Capturing every aspect of the elephant's personality with the joy and vibrancy of African culture and tradition, the candles are works of functional art that exceed all expectations. Handmade with absolute attention to detail, the elephant candles bring the warmth and light of Africa home to the UK and Europe.