The elephant is considered to be a symbol of good luck in many cultures, even modern Western ones. This veneration originated in India and south-east Asia, where the Hindu religion is particularly responsible for much of the honour assigned to these animals. The elephant has long been held as a totem, or charm. Because of the strong family bonds that exist among the family members within the elephant species, totems are said to improve the love and respect among members of the family of anyone possessing the elephant totem. This should be manifest in the care for the young, elderly and sick of the herd or family, as well as the sense of strength within one's self. They are, therefore, honoured as key players in reestablishing family ideals and thereby improving those of the entire society.