The Map of Elements was originally created by a certain Shaolin monk when he first discovered the great temple deep within the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and wrote down its location on the same scroll which became this very map.
Now located inside a Shaolin temple, it was guarded by monks at all times. However, the elder Sub-Zero was able to infiltrate the temple and steal it. Then he was sent on the next mission when the wicked necromancer, Quan Chi , after he succeeds in destroying all the members of the Shirai Ryu for the Lin Kuei clan, introduces the map. The map shows a way to a temple which itself including its construction, predates humanity's recorded history, and for many thousands of years, the Temple of Elements was built and has been hidden on Earth. The Map of Elements is the only evidence in existence.