In Raiders of the lost Ark Belloq and the German army take the Ark on top of a mountain in an island to perform a ritual to open the Ark and look inside
I must have missed something in the movie because I don't understand why they needed to go there to look into the Ark in the first place
I know Belloq would probably insist on going there as it is a part of a ritual for him and he personally would understand the value of opening the Ark there, but the German Commanders wanted to take the Ark to Berlin as soon as possible and were not much interested in anything else, and the only reason they agreed with Belloq was because he made the point that it was better to make sure it was the real Ark before opening it in front of Hitler
This fear was the only reason they would even agree to look into the Ark before going back to Berlin, but they could as well have forced Belloq to open the Ark on the ship (the one the Germans hijacked, the one in which Indy was escaping with the Ark) and make sure it was the real one
What was the reason they had to take the Ark to the mountain to perform the ritual before opening it?
(I believe there was a deleted scene which explains some of the Ark plot points, but this doesn't explain much about having to go to the mountain either. From the deleted scene it is clear how Indy knew not to touch nor look at the Ark, but since this scene was removed from the movie the German Army shouldn't know about not touching the Ark, but throughout the movie they are still careful about not touching the Ark anyway. If Belloq knew about not touching the Ark and this was the reason for having to go to the mountain to perform the ritual, why wouldn't he know that he shouldn't look into the Ark? )