10 Famous Gateways to Hell Well Worth a Visit
In ancient times, there was a much wider acceptance of death as the afterlife. Death was a ritualistic presence to prepare for in anticipation to live in another world. This is why the concept of a heaven or hell was widely regarded as subjects to be both revered and feared in equal regard. Hades was dreaded as a place and a God where only the most evil characters were sent to. Fast forward to the 21st century and though we may be the wiser, there’s no denying the fact that certain locations exist on earth that could well qualify as gateways to hell if there really was one.
In Greek it means “Foxhole”. Alepotrypa is a huge cave system in Greece that serves as the foundation of the myth of Hades. Within the cave is a lake which is regarded as the crossover point for the dead to the next world. The cave was lost for centuries until it was rediscovered by a man on a fox hunt. 600 years ago, rituals and burials were performed in the cave proven by the discovery of artifacts and pottery inside. 170 bodies were also found buried in the cave.
9 Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Muknal, located in Belize is a cave that is regarded as the entrance to the Mayan underworld known as Xibalba. Human sacrifices were performed inside where victims had their skulls cracked open and left where they fell. In order to reach the cave one needs to cross neck deep waters which impregnates the cave with mineral deposits throughout. This has resulted in a stunning effect of binding victim’s skeletons to the cave floor transforming them into sparkling crystals with one being referred to as the crystal maiden.