History Main / ElephantGraveyard

22nd Sep '17 12:06:03 PM Theriocephalus
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The origin of the trope is not certain. While elephants do not "look" for a place to die, during periods of famine, they will gather around sources of food and water, and as those get depleted, die there. It is also noted that older elephants whose teeth have worn out seek out soft water plants and eventually die near watering holes (more like a retirement community than a graveyard), perhaps also causing this myth.

Another possible reason is that elephants (and CreepyCrows) are the only non-hominids to have shown death rituals. Elephants recognize elephant skeletons for what they are, and will rub the bones with their trunks. Elephants unrelated to the deceased have been noted to visit the graves. They also sometimes treat ''human'' bodies and skeletons with odd respect. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence#Death_ritual an article on this.]]

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The origin of the trope is not certain. While elephants do not "look" for a place to die, during periods of famine, they will gather around sources of food and water, and water during periods of famine, and, as those get depleted, die there. It is also noted that older elephants whose teeth have worn out seek out soft water plants and eventually die near watering holes (more like a retirement community than a graveyard), perhaps also causing this myth.

Another possible reason is that elephants (and CreepyCrows) are the only non-hominids to have shown death rituals. Elephants recognize elephant skeletons for what they are, and will rub the bones with their trunks. Elephants unrelated to the deceased have been noted to visit the graves. They also sometimes treat ''human'' bodies and skeletons with odd respect. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence#Death_ritual an article on this.]]
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** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard in the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.

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** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard in is the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.
22nd Sep '17 12:04:01 PM Theriocephalus
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*** Pluton, the third layer of the Lower Outer Plane called The Grey Waste, has the Hill of Bone. When a nightmare (an NeutralEvil planar horse) gets old, it comes to the Hill of Bone to die and leave its bones there. When seen from above, the Hill looks like a huge equine skeleton that's ''moving''.

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*** Pluton, the third layer of the Lower Outer Plane called The the Grey Waste, has the Hill of Bone. When a nightmare (an NeutralEvil planar horse) gets old, it comes to the Hill of Bone to die and leave its bones there. When seen from above, the Hill looks like a huge equine skeleton that's ''moving''.



** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has dragon graveyards. "Adventurers" sometimes try to get there since in addition to bones and teeth it contains whatever treasure stuck in the scales, was swallowed or donated. Of course, those are also sacred places of the dragons' death god guarded by his priests -- if you thought "normal" dragons are bad enough... And one is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano, can only be reached from the air and is guarded by undead dragons.

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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has dragon graveyards. "Adventurers" sometimes try to get there since in addition to bones and teeth it contains whatever treasure stuck in the scales, was swallowed or donated. Of course, those are also sacred places of the dragons' death god guarded by his priests -- if you thought "normal" dragons are bad enough... And and one is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano, can only be reached from the air and is guarded by undead dragons.dragons.
** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard in the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.
15th Sep '17 8:41:28 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The origin of the trope is not certain. While elephants do not "look" for a place to die, during periods of famine, they will gather around sources of food and water, and as those get depleted, die there. It is also noted that older elephants whose teeth have worn out seek out soft water plants and eventually die near watering holes, perhaps also causing this myth.

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The origin of the trope is not certain. While elephants do not "look" for a place to die, during periods of famine, they will gather around sources of food and water, and as those get depleted, die there. It is also noted that older elephants whose teeth have worn out seek out soft water plants and eventually die near watering holes, holes (more like a retirement community than a graveyard), perhaps also causing this myth.
7th Sep '17 10:27:22 AM Arivne
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** Astral plane in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' doubles as deities' graveyard -- a god who loses ''all'' [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly worshippers]] soon becomes one more giant corpse floating in the Silver Void.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}''
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Astral plane in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' doubles as deities' graveyard -- a god who loses ''all'' [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly worshippers]] soon becomes one more giant corpse floating in the Silver Void.Void.
*** Pluton, the third layer of the Lower Outer Plane called The Grey Waste, has the Hill of Bone. When a nightmare (an NeutralEvil planar horse) gets old, it comes to the Hill of Bone to die and leave its bones there. When seen from above, the Hill looks like a huge equine skeleton that's ''moving''.
28th Jun '17 5:35:09 PM nombretomado
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Another possible reason is that elephants (and CreepyCrows) are the only non-hominids to have shown death rituals. Elephants recognize elephant skeletons for what they are, and will rub the bones with their trunks. Elephants unrelated to the deceased have been noted to visit the graves. They also sometimes treat ''human'' bodies and skeletons with odd respect. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence#Death_ritual an article on this.]]

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Another possible reason is that elephants (and CreepyCrows) are the only non-hominids to have shown death rituals. Elephants recognize elephant skeletons for what they are, and will rub the bones with their trunks. Elephants unrelated to the deceased have been noted to visit the graves. They also sometimes treat ''human'' bodies and skeletons with odd respect. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence#Death_ritual an article on this.]]
30th May '17 7:24:13 PM CJCroen1393
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' mentions a "Marowak Graveyard" in a few of its Pokédex entries.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' mentions a "Marowak Graveyard" in a few of its Pokédex entries. Though it's a subversion as Marowaks aren't giant.
30th May '17 7:23:00 PM CJCroen1393
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* Fossil-bearing rock formations can invoke this kind of imagery, [[SubvertedTrope though it's unlikely that any of the animals in the area went there to die voluntarily.]]

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* Fossil-bearing rock formations can invoke this kind of imagery, [[SubvertedTrope though it's unlikely that any of the animals in the area went there to die voluntarily.]]]] Some fossil formation sites even have names to reflect this concept.
26th Mar '17 9:10:47 AM nombretomado
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* Spoofed in ''{{Nodwick}}'', with the legend of the Henchmen's Graveyard, where old henchmen go to die, taking with them all the loot they can carry. [[spoiler:It turns out the Graveyard really does exist, but contains no loot -- the only henchman to ever die of natural causes died bankrupt.]]

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* Spoofed in ''{{Nodwick}}'', ''{{ComicStrip/Nodwick}}'', with the legend of the Henchmen's Graveyard, where old henchmen go to die, taking with them all the loot they can carry. [[spoiler:It turns out the Graveyard really does exist, but contains no loot -- the only henchman to ever die of natural causes died bankrupt.]]
19th Mar '17 6:13:35 AM Medinoc
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* An elephant's graveyard features in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Flying Carpet''.

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* An elephant's graveyard features in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Flying Carpet''. Elephants visit it daily and trample any non-elephant who dares tread this sacred soil. The BigBad sends some goons to kidnap Cacophonix and dump him there, but [[spoiler:he's saved by the strong elephant odor imprinted on him by the weird treatment prescribed for his voice loss]].
11th Mar '17 7:37:55 PM coralina33
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* In ''Film/KongSkullIsland'', one of the important fight scenes takes place in a graveyard of giant monster bones, most notably, [[spoiler:the bones of Kong's parents]]. No one ever goes to that part of Skull Island because of how dangerous it is.
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