Decoding Elephant Yamashita Treasure Sign

Someone here in our community has requested a topic about elephant markers used as Yamashita treasure sign so here it is.

To all amateur treasure hunters and to those who still do not know, it is actually very common to encounter signs or markers that are in the form of animals. Common animals used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers include turtles, snakes, birds, crocodiles, and dogs. However, it is very rare to encounter elephant markers.

Elephant markers may come in two different forms. One, it could be in the form of an engraved marker. And two, it could be a large rock bearing the shape of an elephant creature.

Decoding a certain elephant marker can be somewhat complicated due to its several meanings. But in order for us to determine its appropriate meaning, it is always important to consider the other additional markers around it.

Common Meanings of an Elephant Marker

The meaning of an elephant treasure sign is linked to the actual characteristic of an elephant creature.

Size and Weight

When it comes to elephant creatures, the first characteristic that catches most of our attention is their size and weight. We all know that these creatures are huge types of land animals. In fact, they are considered as the largest animal living here on land. Aside from their size is their weight. The weight of a large male elephant reaches up to 6,800 kilograms. In comparison, the weight of an average human male is about 85 kilograms.

As a treasure sign, the relationship of an elephant’s size and weight is connected to the treasure deposit. This actually means that the hidden or buried item is composed of a large volume.


The second characteristic of an elephant which has a connection to being a treasure sign is their habitat. In case you still do not know, these animals are herbivores or they eat plants for food. Thus, their common habitat is in places that are rich in vegetation. Aside from food, they also need to drink plenty of water so they also spend most of their time on places with sources of water.

As a treasure sign, the relationship of an elephant’s habitat has something to do with the site or location of the hidden treasure deposit. Thus, the site could be in a certain place with thick vegetation or a place with a water source.

Trunk of an Elephant

The third characteristic of an elephant which has a connection to being a treasure sign is its trunk. We all know that the trunk of an elephant acts as its hand to grab its food and eat.

As a treasure sign, the relationship of an elephant’s trunk is that it can be interpreted as a pointer. In most cases, it is pointing directly to the location where the item is hidden or buried.

Is the Elephant Walking or Resting

The fourth characteristic of an elephant which has a connection to being a treasure sign is its action if it is walking or resting. If we happen to discover an elephant marker where it portrays a walking elephant then this means that there is a certain distance that we need to travel and reach the hiding place of the item.

On the other hand, if the elephant marker is resting then this means that the hidden item is somewhere nearby where there is no need to go further. It is also possible that the item is directly buried underneath it.

Head of an Elephant

There are some cases where we are going to encounter only the head of an elephant as a treasure marker. It only has a head with a missing body. In this kind of situation, this marker is a pointer which is directly pointing to the digging spot or buried location of the item. As a pointer, we should carefully analyze its trunk and determine where it is directly pointing at.

Examine the Authenticity of an Elephant Marker

The common mistake by most amateurs is determining the authenticity of a certain marker if it’s legit or not. Many have actually failed and end-up wasting their time excavating nature-made or not legit markers. The effect of these failures could be drastic leading some treasure hunters to end up quitting.

So before we attempt to conduct an excavation due to the marker that we discovered on our site, it is very important that we should be able to determine its authenticity.

If the elephant treasure sign that we discovered is in the form of an engraved marker, we have to carefully analyze the way how it has been engraved. We need to look for signs that it is man-made or it has been intentionally engraved by human hands.

If the elephant marker that we discovered is a large rock that bears the shape of an elephant, we have to look for clues if someone had intentionally re-shaped the rock in this kind of form. But if it is nature-made then there could be other additional or accompanying markers that we can use as a basis for its authenticity.    

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