Superstitions from mankind’s past have stayed around to a point that they have almost become a part of life now. All of us are sure to have come across some or the other crazy superstitions that seem to hold no probable significance but we always see people adhering to them, and that makes us want to believe in the concept. Breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck. Opening an umbrella inside brings ill luck. Friday the 13th is unlucky. Walking under a ladder isn’t desirable, either. If a black cat crosses your path, you aren’t supposed to move ahead until another person crosses it? (that’s just because ancient Egyptians considered black cats to be bad omens). Cats are adorable y’all.
Just like that, I came across a very unusual superstition about a sinkhole in Al-Mahara, in Barhout , Yemen, which has been termed as the “Well of Hell” or the “Hell Pit” by the locals. The sinkhole has a 30 metres wide entrance and is more than a 100 metres deep. The reason for giving such petrifying names to the structure is that it’s believed to straight up lead to Hell. But other than that, legend has it that the place has been a prison for demons or genies which are trapped inside. This might scream insanity but the extremely foul and mysterious odour said to be coming from hole, apparently supports the case. The locals don’t even like to talk about it since they say it brings ill fortune. They also believe that any object near the hole can be sucked towards it which makes the whole thing sound even more terrifying. The sinkhole has been described according to oral traditions as, “a prison of dark spirits sheltered by unbearable odours that come from its entrails”. It’s said to possess enough power to threaten life on Earth.
Nobody had ever managed to go inside this sinkhole since there is allegedly little Oxygen and ventilation below but as we all know, curiosity always takes the best of us; as a result, the Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) decided to venture into the unknown. Mohammad- Al- Kindi, a Geology Professor at German University of Technology in Oman, said that the people in the team were drawn intensely to explore the well, thus highlighting the aforementioned idea.
OCET finally reached the bottom of the well on 15th September, 2021. They stayed inside for 6 hours and have managed to go 50 metres inside as of now. But there have been some strange findings. As speculated, the entire area had a mysterious odour . A large number of animal and bird carcasses have been found, which could have been the only reason why the place reeks( or maybe not?) The samples from the carcasses have been collected for further analysis. Stalagmite formation was seen and a large number of cave pearls(concentric Calcium Carbonate deposits which are smoothed by movement of water falling for thousands of years until they form beautiful pearl shapes) have also been found, along with a few waterfalls.
Since there were no footprints or other signs of disturbances recorded, it has been concluded that nobody ever went that deep into the well. Salah Babhair, Director General of Mahra’s Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Authority, said that it was nearly impossible to capture anything inside. The entire thing raises a lot of questions, which are expected to be cleared once the team releases a report of the final findings. Up till then, everybody simply hopes for the situation to be normal and free from all omens since the Yemenis certainly don’t need any worse luck, considering there is already a humanitarian crisis going on in the country since years now.
🤞see y’all soon