As a requested topic, let’s cover how to decode the meaning of hand treasure signs.

When it comes to hands as Yamashita treasure signs, these markers often signify the type of deposit which is known as the “golden Buddha”. Golden Buddha is an object made of gold which is an image of a human figure.

The question is, “Why does the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) often link hand signs to golden Buddha?”

If you still do not know, there are many different kinds of Buddha’s images where they have different postures. Some are sitting while others are also standing. But aside from their postures are their “hand gestures”.

You have to know that these hand gestures have deep meanings to the followers of Buddha. This is the main reason why the JIA used hand markers as a representation to their hidden golden Buddha treasures.

Do hand signs give any clue to the direction or location of the hidden treasure deposit?

Hand markers do give directions which mainly depends on its fingers. Now, based on my own experiences as a treasure hunter, I have encountered three common hand signs used by the JIA in marking their hidden treasure deposit.

Let’s first start with this one. As you can see, the hand sign clearly indicates a direction. We can compare the meaning of this hand sign to an “arrow sign”. The only difference between the arrow sign is that you have an idea about the hidden item that you are trying to search.

If it happens that you encounter this sign on the surface, what you need to do is to search and explore the area being pointed by the hand sign’s finger. So it may possibly be pointing directly to an old tree, rock, trail, and etc… In short, it is pointing to the next marker. In most cases, this next marker will finally lead you into the exact deposit spot of the hidden item.

If it happens that you discovered this sign under the ground then what you need to do is to follow and continue digging to the pointed direction.

The second hand marker that is commonly used by the JIA is similar to this image. This hand marker has two directions. One is the direction pointed by the thumb and the second is the index finger.

In most cases, the JIA often adds holes as additional symbols. So if the JIA added a hole at the tip of the index finger, this means that it’s pointed direction is the correct direction that you need to follow.

On the other hand, if the thumb finger has the hole then it’s pointed direction is the correct direction that you should follow.

But how about if the hole is at the middle of the two fingers?

If the hole is in between the two fingers then the correct direction is in the middle. You can derive this direction by simply drawing two straight lines on the two fingers similar to the illustration below.

Then at the middle going towards the hole is your imaginary arrow sign that you need to follow.

And finally, we have here the third commonly used hand signs that is often encountered by many. Treasure hunters have different ways on how to interpret this marker. Some of them claim that the measurements of the finger do have an equivalent distance. But based on my own personal knowledge and experience with regards to this marker, the fingers have no relation to such kinds of measurements. Unless, there is an additional symbol added that indicates such a clue.

Hand markers like this are actually often accompanied by symbols at its bottom portion. So if the JIA needed to indicate a certain distance then they will put the symbol here.

Aside from the distance is the location of the treasure deposit. Let’s say for example that the hand marker has an added symbol which is a triangle down at its bottom. This means that there is a portion of the site which consists of three objects particularly an old trees or rocks arranged in triangle formation. And in this area, is the hidden golden Buddha treasure.

Here is another example. As you can see, the hand marker has a circle with a dot at its center. This means that the golden Buddha is hidden under a rock.

What if the hand marker does have one hole only?

If the hand marker has a hole as an added symbol, this often represents the item. In order to decode the direction, we can actually treat the hand marker as similar to the cross sign where it has four directions. Depending on the location of the hole, this is how you can come up with the direction that you should follow.

Here’s the direction if the hole is at the top.

At the bottom.

On the right.

On the left.

If the hole does not fall to any of the four directions such as this one, then you need to derive the imaginary arrow sign similar to what we did above.

Starting from the middle and going towards the hole is your imaging arrow sign that you should follow.

Now, if it happens that the hole is located right exactly at the middle portion of the hand marker, this actually means that the item is hidden right under the spot.

How about if the only marker is an engraved hand?

This can be interpreted as two opposite directions.

You need to follow the direction of the hand sign pointed by the fingers until you find the next marker. If none can be found then you should follow the opposite direction which is at the back portion of the hand sign and search for the marker.


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