Buddha and elephant figure

My Buddha and elephant figures
My Buddha and elephant figures

Both of these figures are symbols of my Lao family. I’m not sure where I bought them, but I know I got them from Georgia and brought them with me to New York. I grew up seeing a bunch of figures like these around the house, especially at my dad’s and grandparents’ houses. The Buddha statue is supposed to bring positive energy, good health, and prosperity to the household, and is a reminder of Buddha’s teachings of inner peace, protection, and meditation. The elephant is the symbol of Laos, which dates back to the ancient kingdom of Lan Xang. It translates to “Land of a Million Elephants”. Elephants are still a sacred animal and some Lao people believe that they will bring prosperity to the land. Both of these objects are important to me because it reminds me of my identity that I haven’t fully explored yet and my family’s history and culture.

Place(s): Laos, Georgia, New York

– Mia K

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant