In Asia white elephants are worshiped; according to the legend, they are the descendants of the winged elephants that many centuries ago were flying above the Earth, and are seen as avatars of the Buddha. However, this worship can result in negative effects for the elephant. For example, Pra Baron Nakkot, a white elephant, was held in captivity (alone in a dark pavilion) all his life because he was considered sacred. In the wild, elephants live in extended families; they are very sociable. This poor elephant was deprived of freedom and denied the possibility of living his life in an elephant community.