By popular demand, here’s the post about the interpretation of snake signs for the hidden Yamashita treasures.
Everybody surely knows what a real snake looks like and many people are afraid of these reptilian creatures because most of their species are venomous. But when it comes to the hidden Yamashita treasures, the Japanese Imperial Army often use snake as signs to represent warning for poison traps. These poison traps can be in the form of chemicals or gas.
The good thing about snake signs is that, aside from giving a warning, they also give directions to specific locations of the hidden treasure deposits.
Snake Head Sign
Let’s start with the first sign which is a snake head. Throughout my treasure hunting career, I have already encountered engraved snake heads on surfaces of old rocks. Some of them were artistically carve or engraved with clarity where they have tongues, fangs, and eyes.
When it comes to direction, you have to follow the direction where the head is facing at. Treat the head like an arrow sign that is pointing to a specific direction.
On this illustration, we have here a snake head sign with an open mouth. This means that the trap that is lying ahead consists of gas trap. But if the mouth is closed, you will be dealing with chemicals.
Snake in Striking Position Sign
On this illustration, we have here a snake that is in its “striking position”. If you try to observe an actual snake with its striking position particularly targeted toward its prey, you will notice that the snake will never miss on its target. This goes the same way with the snake sign aiming at a specific direction. You have to determine the possible striking spot or location of the snake sign and that will be the spot that you need to dig.
However, you should always proceed with caution when digging a spot pin-pointed by snake signs. It’s because you will surely encounter gas or chemical type of traps.
Coiled Snake Sign
The best among all Yamashita treasure snake signs is the one that has a coiled body. It’s because unlike the snake with the striking position, a coiled snake indicate that the treasure deposit is right underneath it. In comparison to an actual coiled snake, it seems that the creature is like protecting its valuable eggs and it will stand on its ground no matter what happens.
Again, proceed with extra caution because you will surely deal against gas or chemical types of traps.
Snake Head Looking Upward Sign
On some cases, you may encounter snake sign that is composed of only the head but instead of staring onto a certain surface of the ground, it is staring at an upward direction. If you happen to came across a certain actual snake that is staring up, what is your impression about it? Most likely, it wants to go up particularly to climb up on a tree. So in relation to the hidden Yamashita treasure, a snake head sign that is looking up is referring to a certain old tree nearby. The item could possibly be an “inside the tree treasure deposit”. Or the item can also be buried underneath or close to it.
Crawling Snake Sign
If you happen to encounter a crawling snake sign then you have to follow the direction where it is heading. But unlike the snake sign that is in a striking position, a crawling snake sign often refer to far distance location. The reason behind this sign is that, a crawling snake means that it has a long way to travel.
Snake is actually a reptilian creature that preys on other animals and the majority of them are poisonous. Their fangs acts like a syringe which delivers their deadly venom right into the blood stream of their victim or prey. Anyway, I’m pretty sure that you are already familiar about the danger of being bitten by a poisonous snake. In relation to Japanese treasure signs, snake is commonly used as a warning for poison traps. This could be in the form of a chemical/liquid mixed on the soil or in the form of gas. Aside from the warning, a snake sign also tells direction. In most cases, you have to follow the direction where the snake’s head is pointing. If it is pointing into a certain spot then that must be the digging spot. But if it is pointing to a wide area, you need to explore it until you run into another sign.
Different Japanese Treasure Snake Signs The Japanese or Yamashita treasure signs does not only consists of one kind of snake sign. There are actually several of them and each offers more specific meanings.
nake Head I already encountered engraved snake heads as signs several times. There was no body but just the upper part which was the head. Some of them even have their long extending tongues while others simply do not have tongues. Either way, they are both interpreted exactly the same. But common to all snake heads as danger signs is that, they indicate “poisonous gas traps”. The gas can be encountered in the form of small bottles or more commonly known as “Cyanide Capsules”. Or, concealed inside the chamber where the items are stored. On some rare cases, items contained in tightly sealed containers also contains poisonous gas. When unsuspectingly punctured or opened, the gas will leak out.
Snake in Striking Position One of the best snake signs that accurately tells something about the direction of the hidden item is the one with “striking position”. It’s upper body must be standing and the head seems like ready to strike its target. When you encounter a snake sign on this kind of position, you just found an ultimate clue to the location of the buried item. As stated above, the snake’s head is “directly pointing towards the hidden spot of the deposit”.
Coiled Snake A coiled snake sign is another interesting Japanese treasure sign that tells about the exact location of the buried item. Take note, the body of the snake must be coiled several times. If it happens that you encountered a coiled snake sign, it means that the treasure is “buried underneath it”.
Snake Looking Upward A snake sign with its head looking in an upward direction means that the hidden object is “hidden on the tree”.
Crawling Snake The most common markings among all snake signs is the one that is crawling towards horizontal direction. This sign simply meand that the snake is “facing towards the location of the hidden item”. But if the eyes of the snake sign is clearly carved in detail, it means that the snake is “directly staring into the hidden spot of object”.