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1932 "The Feathered Serpent"

[Depicted in Indiana Jones und die Gefiederte Schlange (Indiana Jones and the Feathered Serpent) is a German novel written by Wolfgang Hohlbein - released in 1990.]

  • In this adventure, Indiana finds himself at the foot of the Andes mountains in search of a missing friend, who is gravely ill when he finds him inside a tiny village of “strange Indians.” 

  • Before succumbing to his illness, the fellow archaeologist gives Indy a strangely-formed golden amulet known as the “Feathered Serpent,” which is said to bestow magical powers and once played a key role in rituals of Mayan priests

  • Mythology and legend present in this adventure are:

  • Feathered Serpent - a prominent supernatural entity or deity found in many Mesoamerican religions, where it’s double symbolism suggests that being feathered represents its divine nature or ability to fly to reach the skies, while being a serpent represents its human nature or ability to creep on the ground among other animals of the Earth. The earliest representations of feathered serpents appear in the Olmec culture (c. 1400–400 BCE, predating the Maya and the Aztec), where most surviving artifacts show the Feathered Serpent as a crested rattlesnake with feathers covering the body and legs.

  • Mayan Priests - The priesthood as a whole was known as the keeper of knowledge, with a main focus on reading and writing in addition to various tasks that included keeping the calendars, performing religious ceremonies, studying astronomy and astrology, divining for the king, and instructing the sons of nobles. 

  • The main location in this adventure is:

  • The Andes - aka Andean Mountains (Cordillera de los Andes); the longest continental mountain range in the world that forms along the western edge of South America. The mountain range extends from north to south through seven countries (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina), and has the highest mountain range outside of Asia.


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