The theme for this week's Sepia Saturday is elephants. I had no idea what I was going to do for this post. No one in our family past or present had ever come close to an elephant except maybe in a zoo. But I had no photos of such events.
But as luck would have it, I had lunch with my school chums Marge and Jane last week. We had all gone to Ganesha high school together, graduating in the class of '60. Marge was telling us about the trip she just took to Thailand for a Rotary Club convention. She shared with us this photo of her (on the left) and a fellow Rotarian riding an elephant. One of the perks of her trip.
Marge was also wearing a shirt she got in Thailand with Lord Ganesha printed on the back. Ganesha is one of five prime Hindu deities. He's got a curved trunk and big ears and the pot bellied body of a human. He's the Lord of success and destroyer of evils. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.
This led to a discussion about why our high school in conservative, white anglo-saxon Protestant Pomona was named Ganesha. I had never given it a second thought. But now that we were mulling it over, we wondered who named the school Ganesha and why. Was it because Lord Ganesha is the god of education and wisdom. I'm sure there were no Hindus in Pomona in 1958 who were on the naming committee. There was a park in Pomona named Ganesha Park and I'm sure this is why the school was named Ganesha. But why was the park named Ganesha? Hmmmm.
And then we were wondering, if our school was named Ganesha for the elephant god, why were we called the Giants?
We should have been the Elegant Elephants or the Plumpy Pachoderms? Did we not have the imagination or the courage of the University of Alabama whose mascot is Big Al?
of a football game:
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