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Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones
 
 

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones [Kindle Edition]

Lois H. Gresh

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Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a man’s heart without killing him? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones–related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. You’ll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, and much more.

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The ultimate Indiana Jones companion The true history, supernatural wonders, and mysteries of Indiana Jones Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a man′s heart without killing him? Was there a Shanghai mob in the 1930s—and did the Nazis have a real–life connection to the occult? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones–related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything you′ve ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. You′ll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, the infamous bizarre banquet that included chilled monkey brains, the Sankara Stones, the Cross of Coronado, the Holy Grail, and more. Get ready for adventure—and more than a few snakes—as you explore the secrets and stories of Indiana Jones and his world. The journey will take you around the globe and through history as you move from ancient Egypt to India, China, and the United States, and from Biblical times to the Spanish Conquest to World War II. You′ll also learn about Indiana himself, including the origins of his trademark fedora, leather jacket, and bullwhip. So why did it have to be snakes? Read the book and find out.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (1 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H2VFDG6
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cool title, but otherwise very dissappointing 23 May 2008
By C. Linderman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Honestly, I have to say that the best thing about the book is the title. If you are looking for actual, factual answers to much of the science, archaeology and history in the movies, there are better places to look (like a library). The authors did most of their research off the internet, using a lot of Wikis as sources. I found the text of the book to be factually inaccurate in a number of places and the authors make some interesting assumptions about Indy. But, they seem more interested in churning out a book to tie into the movie release than presenting truth. Frequently the text reads that way too.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We should all have a bad feeling about this... 9 Jun 2008
By J. A. Bowyer, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was excited to find this book on display at a local bookseller and snapped it up without giving it my usual review of the introduction. I opened the book tonight for the first time and nearly choked while I struggled to get beyond those first few paragraphs by authors ROBERT WEINBERG and LOIS GRESH. Then I scanned various sections and pages hoping for better writing and organization, but found none. And then I saw the Big Red Flag of Despair on the cover: "This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing the Indiana Jones (TM) films." I wished I'd paid more attention before making the purchase.
This book is horrible. It reads like a very bad middle school book report and the authors make an inexcusable number of short statements frequently followed by unrelated, illogical, or incomplete qualifying information. Its pages are replete with avoidable echos. Chronological and historical information is dry and uninteresting.
The cover also exclaims "the secrets of the real Crystal Skull revealed!" I didn't find any list of "secrets" in the 2 pages dedicated to their so-called "revealing," just stuff I'd already seen in various newspaper and online articles.
Looking at the end notes and bibliography pages is distressing; it appears that most of the fact-finding was done via the Internet and there is an extensive use of Wikipedia as a resource. I must agree with a previous review: the best thing about this book is the title.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Because People Are Afraid of Snakes 10 May 2008
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once upon a time, not too long ago, the popular Discovery Channel show did a special where they examined various movie related myths to see if they could actually happen in real life. One thing they examined was the scene in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM where Indy and Willy Scott jump out of a window from a tall building and fall through one window canopy after another. They found that though a person would probably be severely injured as a result, they could survive such a fall.

I mention this episode because WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE SNAKES? does much the same thing. The book examines many of the historical, archaeological, mythological, and some of the scientific aspects in the Indiana Jones canon (the movies and the Young Indiana Jones television show) to see what is true and what is just Hollywood fiction. The book breaks apart the films and the YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES television show into short synopsis of particular scenes. These synopses are followed by an explanation of the real history and science behind the synopsis. For example, the opening section begins with the summary of the opening scene of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and Indy escaping with the golden-headed idol in the jungles of Peru. The explanation following the synopsis explains that the Hovitos tribe in the movie is probably based off the Quechuas people who lived in northern Peru; that the temple is probably a combination between the fabled Incan temple of Cuzco, Koricancha, and the Chachapoyan temple, Keulap; and that Indy's discovery of such a temple would be a definite possibility. The explanation gives a brief history of the Chachapoyas and how they were eventually conquered by the Incan Quechuas.

WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE SNAKES? is filled with all kinds of historical and scientific tidbits. Everything from the history of certain South American tribes, different varieties of snakes, giant spiders, possible locations of the Ark of the Covenant, giant diamonds of the world, Chinese mafia, short history of India, Indian cults, animals of India, Coronado, origin of the Boy Scouts in the United States, traveling circuses, zeppelins as air travel, mythology of the Holy Grail, and all the famous people that Indiana Jones supposedly met as a youth, and much, much more are examined.

As a fan of Indiana Jones and someone who loves learning, I really enjoyed reading WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE SNAKES? My only criticism of the book is that as noted in the notes and bibliography sections at the end of the book, the authors relied almost completely upon Internet research. I have nothing against using the Internet for research, but relying solely upon the Internet and no other sources causes one to question the validity of the overall work.

Nevertheless, I did find the book informative and entertaining. Recommended for Indiana Jones fans and trivia buffs.
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts Behind the Fantasy 31 July 2013
By zapple Pie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Our world is full of mysteries, and Dr. Indiana Jones is dogged in his determination to track them down. Fans of the blockbuster movie series created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg will appreciate this look at some of the real archaeological conundrums that inspired Indy's fictional exploits.

If you have a taste for adventure but hate risking snakes and booby traps-- not to mention getting your fedora battered-- a leisurely expedition through the pages of this book could be your passport to some exciting discoveries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Did it have to be Snakes? 13 Sep 2012
By WAD Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a must for Indiana jones fans. It made a great gift for my husband who is a BIG fan. As a middle school Science teacher, he was able to use this in the classroom to enhance the learning experience!
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