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     Inscription over doorway into entry to temple:

Beware the eye of Mara.

Entry to temple:

Look not into the eye of Mara, and you shall receive the gift of eternal youth, earthly riches or future knowledge.

It is forbidden to pass beyond this chamber without a servant of Mara to guide your path. Heed this warning of risk incurring the wrath of Mara for doom awaits the unbeliever in the darkness beyond.

Obelisk of doom:

[scarab = crocodile pit, skull = labyrinth of chaos, cobra = buried colonnade]

Next to flooded maze:
Only the blind shall see.


Earthly riches.

Only one spring can restore youth and vigor, choose wisely.

Wall north of fountain:

Drink deeply the water of life.

Avenue of voices:
The eye of Mara sees deceit. The eye of Mara never sleeps. Look not with your eyes but with your heart. Fortune favors the pure of heart.

Painted next to chiseled wall:

True rewards await those [who] choose wisely.

Chiseled entrance to bat cave

(>marks missing words. | marks missing lines. [ ] marks probable intent.)

Beware the deadly booby traps| that >[lie beyond the] hidden | passage >[rab]id bats | pois[on spikes] >[l]ead | to death >[eter]nal doom | Mara >wealth | evil >[w/s]ould quit | as >eye | kill >[t]o jammed | spiked >[des]ire | you >virtue.

Rolling Stone gate:

The gates of doom are ever open.

Spike room:

Hall of descending blocks:

Rotunda calendar Sarcophagus (circle):

The pure of heart are protected beneath the watchful eye of Mara, woe to the unworthy who pass beneath.

Rotunda calendar Sarcophagus (four corners):

Plow the field.

Plant the seed.

Reap the harvest.

Tribute to Mara.

Altar of stone tablets (in theater): Behold the gifts of Mara.

Three tablets:

The Observatory of the Future. Behold the amulet of Mara and you shall see visions of the future. But beware the eye of Mara. The Chamber of Earthly Riches. Wealth beyond your wildest imagination lies within and is yours for the taking. But beware the eye of Mara. The Fountain of Eternal Youth. One sip from the eternal spring shall renew vigor and youthful spirit. But beware the eye of Mara.

Above queue split:

Only the pure of heart shall gain admittance into the chamber of destiny.

At top of stairs:

Mara shall guide you through the doorway of your most secret desire in the chamber of destiny.

Hall of promise at exit from the transport (both sides):

Beware the eye of Mara, one look will lead through the tunnel of torment to the gates of doom.

Tablet on dock:

Gates of Doom.

Wizened words form the archeologist in the burial chamber under the rotunda calendar:

Leave off the rope old chap, be a good fellow. I have a frightfully valuable artifact down here. Oh no [crash.] I had a terribly valuable artifact down here.

I say leave off the rope old chap, be a jolly good sport. I say uh oh... oh no... blimey [fall, thud]

I say quit mucking about up there. Oh blast, not again [fall, crash].

Blast it all, you don't want to pull the rope. [crash] oh dear.

Careful while I translate this... Let's see "twenty years of sorrow to the destroyer of this vessel" [crash.]

Notebooks and letters:

Notebook in vestibule:

Beware the eye of Mara. The mural of Mara. Item #14-B. Painted with egg and natural pigments on wet plaster - has held up remarkably well. Mara The benevolent god Mara stands with closed eyes as a warning do not look into his eyes!! The gifts of Mara. These ancient artifacts are found in the great inner temples: --The amulet of future knowledge. One glance into this mystic amulet will give you visions of future events! --The bowl of earthly riches. This overflowing bowl is filled with gold and gems which are free for the taking! --The fountain of eternal youth: one sip from this mystic vessel will restore youth to the aged and vigor to the ill!! Language of Mara Letters A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

The temple of the forbidden eye outer or entry temple lost delta, India 180 BCd Sculpture--49-B identical to mural design - in main office pending shipment. Tomb of the servants: Mummified remains of village Elders lurk in this dank chamber--very delicate! Do not disturb: Indiana Mummified elder of servant of Mara. When first discovered the temple was shrouded in jungle foliage. flood debris. Inscription reads "Look not into the eye of Mara and you shall receive the gift of Eternal youth, Earthly riches or Future knowledge." Translated by Prof. Jones

Letter beside notebook in temple entrance:

Professor Indiana Jones Sept. 13,1935

Lost Delta Encampment, India

Indiana, I concur with your findings. Visitors were lured to the temple with the promises of gifts, but once they looked into the eyes of the god they were doomed. I believe you can gain access to the inner temple if you avoid this trap!

Good Luck


Abner Ravenwood

Telegram in temple entry:

Eastern Union Telegram

VH 95 LD=IJ WASH 12 16P

1935 SEPTEMBER 4 PM 302

Professor Indiana Jones, Lost Delta, India

Indy, The samples you sent are warnings stones. Very Important you translate before entering temple. Repeat--very important.

Abner Ravenwood

Letters and telegrams on wall beside Indy's office:


Today I'm trying out the hidden passage we talked about. I'm convinced it leads to the "Jewel of Power." I know you wanted to go with me but I need you out here to keep the tourists in line. If one of them decides to go eyeball to eyeball with the god, its adios amigo. Indiana

Eastern Union Telegram

WDI 95 DL=IJ Glen 721

Lost delta Excavation Site, India

Sallah, Learned of the news of Indy's disappearance. Study all references to the "gates of doom." They seem to guard the "Jewel of Power" perhaps Indy made it past the lethal force of that trap then he would have found the immense cavern where the Jewel is stored.

Abner Ravenwood

Mr. Sallah, July 12, 1935

Temple Excavation Site

Lost Delta



Greetings, good work cleaning out that infernal spike chamber! Imagine! We had no idea some of them were poisoned! Will send an antidote as soon as possible! In the meantime, please make sure the tourists are not inconvenienced by this nuisance.


Sir I.M. Wooly


British Colonial Affairs

Indianensis Universitatis Sigillum MDCCCXX

1401 Flower street, Laurence, Indiana

Oct. 1,1935 Professor Indiana Jones,

Lost Delta Encampment, India

Professor, Marcus Brody informed us that you have located the temple. We are anxiously awaiting reports. By the way, an old friend of yours-a Dr. Belloq-called and I passed along your whereabouts to him. I believe he wants to join you at the site:

Best of Luck.

Regards-Professor Kauffman.

Mr Sallah July 3, 1936

Temple Excavation Site

Lost Delta, India

My good man, We are sympathetic to Jones' "grave questions" About the safety of the site. But we are not prepared to shut it down at this time - Carry on! You are doing a smashing job getting the tourists through unharmed. Regards, Col. Blumbard


Attache' to the Consul General

British Colonial Affairs

June 6.1936

Lost Delta Encampment, India


Rotten luck Reports of "Temple of the Forbidden Eye" have hit the newspapers and newsreels. It's shaping up to be the biggest thing since Santa Claus. Counting on you to control the feeding frenzy until I return. Have deciphered a new map that may lead to the power source of the temple. I intend to try. Watch out for that snake Belloq! Indiana

National Museum Division of Antiquities 521 Rodier Street Washington D.C.
October 12,1935 Indiana Jones Lost Delta Encampment India Dear Indy,

  Received the rubbings yesterday. Pictographs tell of gifts of eternal beauty, riches, et cetera. But warning in the lower left was added at a much later date. Something about eyes and death. I can't quite make it out. I'm still working on it.

George Marshall



Division of Antiquities

National Museum

August 10,1935

Indiana Jones

Lost Delta Encampment,



So you have found the mysterious temple of the forbidden eye! Congratulations! But please proceed with caution. Sources in Calcutta tell me this temple of yours has a darker side. Legend has it that Pilgrims who were lured there with promises of great gifts were never seen again!

Yours truly,

Abner Ravenwood

Letters in Indy's office:

June 4,1935


Greetings old friend. Here is the missing piece of the temple map! Fortune truly shines on the pure of heart! (and he who has a brother-in-law in the black market!) God go with you and I will join you as well.


July 5, 1936 Temple of the Forbidden Eye Excavation Office


Received your letter detailing Indy's disappearance inside the temple. I am leaving at once. I suggest you keep the tours running. Perhaps one of them will locate Indy.

Marcus Brody


Notes on Maps, Rubbings and Drawings:

Temple of the forbidden eye, Lost delta region, India. Discovered by Dr. Indiana Jones Circa 1935 - Flood debris. It is theorized that the temple was buried in a flood over 2000 years ago. Much of the temple, however, was built in underground chambers. [in red] Watch out for the crocks. Get some reinforcements up here before a stone falls and kills someone, Indy.

Snake column braziers once used to light ceremonial fires. Bas relief in 'promise of youth' corridor - note empty husk of elder. Wall paintings in promise of youth corridor depicting the old transforming into the youthful.

Common Motif found throughout the temple complex:

Bowl: Earthly Riches

Jug: Fountain of Youth

Amulet: Future Vision

Bas relief found in hall of promise

Indy believes the bas relief depicts Mara looking into the minds of his worshipers to discover their greatest secret desire - note eyes are closed so it is safe to look at this Mara.

Youthful Mara statue A 612 13X found in the promise of youth corridor - 12'-0" approx.

Absolutely no snakes in my office!! Indy.

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