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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Belly Button of Buddha"
Season 1, Episode 23
Belly Button of Buddha
Airdate: November 27, 1993
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"The Golden Chains of Zēnobía" "The Stolen Arm of Shiva"

"The Belly Button of Buddha" is the 23rd episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

One player of each team paddled across the moat on a raft. Once across, he would tie the rope (which was connected to the raft) off to a post; the second player would then use that rope and the higher, knotted rope to traverse the moat. Once both players were across, they could hit the gong.

1st Blue Barracudas 0:36
2nd Green Monkeys 0:39
3rd Silver Snakes 1:10
4th Red Jaguars 1:14

Steps of Knowledge

Towering over Rangoon, the capital city of ancient Burma, is a great temple called the Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda is covered with over two tons of gold and over six thousand jewels, including a giant 73-karat diamond at the top of its tower. It also has thousands of bells: tiny tinkling ones, and one that weighs twenty-three tons. Inside the pagoda was a giant statue of Buddha, with a large jade belly button. In 1824, the British stormed the pagoda, and the soldiers made off with the Belly Button of Buddha and the great bell. The bell sank in the river as they tried to float it away. The Burmese later lifted it out of the river, but the Belly Button of Buddha vanished completely... until now.

Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Silver Snakes
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Temple Games

Bells of the Stupa (Wall Climb)

Jennifer and Rayme had to climb up the wall and hang bells on velcro straps. The Red Jaguars took the early lead, with some nice transitions from side to side, but wound up in a tie with the Blue Barracudas. Both teams received a half pendant.

Pilgrims to the Shwedagon Pagoda (Bungee Soap Ramp)

Tony and Katherine had to climb up the ramp and attach a piece of gold foil to a felt pad, slide back down and try to pull themselves up again. The event started off neck and neck to the top of the ramp. When the bungee cords finally began to get taut, both Tony and Katherine began to have trouble. With much effort, Tony managed to stretch his cord out enough to reach the top hand grip. He then made a dive and managed to stick one piece of gold cloth on the pad. Katherine is still struggling to pull herself up and suddenly lost her grip and slid back down. By that point, Tony was almost back up. Unfortunately, the soap on his knee pads and the ramp plus the bungee cord and being tired from the first trip up all take their toll and he was unable to get up to the second to last hand grip strap. He began to slide backward and wound up on his back. He struggled to get back on his knees, but eventually gave up and slid down the ramp. Katherine had caught up but gets hung up on the third to last hand grip. She eventually gives up and slides back down as time runs out. Tony gets the half pendent for the Blue Barracudas.

Shrine to the Buddha (Pulley Pillar)

The players had to work together - one had to go down while the other had to go up to attach jewels to the Buddha. The Red Jaguars got hung up in the transition, letting the Blue Barracudas take the lead. The Red Jaguars got hung up, which gave the Blue Barracudas a chance to extend their lead. Eventually the Blue Barracudas won 7-4. They received the full pendant and moved on to the Temple Run.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Red Jaguars Tied Lost Lost ½ Pendant
Blue Barracudas Tied Won Won 2 Pendants

Temple Run

This was a very solid Season 1 win by a downright dominant team. Jennifer went into the Temple first, and while she wasn't the fastest contestant, she had a strategy that was very innovative, considering how early in the show this episode was.
Jennifer in the Room of Harmonic Convergence
 Choosing in the Cave of Sighs as her starting point, she confidently made it across the bottom floor to the Bamboo Forest and did not try to proceed upward until she was beyond the central shaft.
Jennifer Tries to Go Up
She hesitated a little the Bamboo Forest, however, and tried to go up into the Treasure Room via one of the corner doors.
Jennifer Opens the Golden Door
When that didn't work, she passed into the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, quickly found the key and progressed upward into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. After assembling the monkey, Jennifer accidentally went into the Room of the Three Torches, but realized her mistake and went into the Treasure Room, where a Temple Guard finally captured her with less than a minute to go. A bit distracted, she stalled a little while until she realized she didn't need to open the treasure chest to open any doors leading out of the room.
Jennifer Picks up the Belly Button
She made it up the final set of stairs to the Belly Button in the Observatory, grabbed it with 27 seconds to go and made it out of the Temple sixteen seconds later. Even though Jennifer made a couple mistakes, her general confidence and excellent planning outweighed her shortcomings. All in all, a very nice solo win.


Winning Team Blue Barracudas
Contestants Jennifer & Tony
Result Solo Victory (0:11 left)
Pendants of Life 2
Artifact Location The Observatory
Temple Guard Locations

The Treasure Room

The Heart Room

The Well

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  • This is the first episode where the winning team comes in first in the moat, first in the steps, wins 2 pendants and escaped the temple with the artifact.
  • This episode was the first episode with a solo victory with 2 pendants. The second and last was The Milk Bucket of Freydís. Coincidentally, the episode was highly similar to one another as was the run.
  • Jennifer's encounter with the Temple Guard in the Treasure Room with 0:53 left was the latest encounter with the first guard in Legends history.

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