National Geographic : 1966 Apr
with their foreheads and feet. Then, hoisting the logs with their trunks, they flung them like twigs onto a pile. In Ceylon's jungles, machines cannot com pete with elephants. No mass of metal, bolts, and gears could daily tramp along rivers, weave through miles of tangled, swampy un dergrowth, gather up a felled tree, and drag it back to the mill. Elephants offer 50-year warranties-no parts, no overhauls, just afew hundred fronds and a daily wash (pages 458-9 and 461). Cey lon's elephant, an Indian breed, frequently tuskless, is considered more easily tamed than the larger African elephant. 466 "Owning an elephant brings great pres- tige," Dan remarked. "Depending upon train ing, age, and ability to work, they cost from 10,000 to 20,000 rupees [$2,000 to $4,000]." Adam's Peak Bears Hallowed Footprint We continued ascending into the clouds as the road coiled around sheer mountain walls. Dizzily they spilled away into a panorama of misty waterfalls tumbling down a verdant backdrop of undulating hills. Among the hills the cone of Adam's Peak rose like a natural cathedral (pages 464-5). A shallow depression at its peak is hallowed by three great religions. Predictably, Dan knew well the mountain's legends. "We Buddhists believe that Adam's Peak bears the holy footprint of Lord Buddha.