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Rama shoots arrow at group of demons with elephant (Thai Ramayana mural at Emerald Buddha Temple)

Angry that Sita will not forget her love for Rama, Ravana sends a team of demons riding a huge elephant to attack Rama. The demons come in many beastly shapes and colors. Even the demons' elephant rushes towards Rama with a sword held in his trunk. Rama fights back by shooting an arrow toward the elephant. The demons fall from the elephant and flee in terror. Yet Rama still doesn't know how to save Sita, because he has no army of his own. (Photograph by Margery H. Freeman. More about the photograph)

Standing gracefully on one foot, Prince Rama (at left) shoots an arrow at a group of demons sent by Ravana, as painted on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The demons, depicted in varied animal-like forms, crowd around their elephant mount.