Scary “Well of Hell” was explored amid fears that it has evil spirits – World News

For centuries, the legendary Well of Barhout has been the stuff of horrible and terrifying legend and folklore.

One of the team's caves that abseils down the Barhout well, a sinkhole called "Hell well" in the desert of Yemen's Al-Mahra province
One of the team’s caves abseiling down the Barhout well, a sinkhole called “Hell of Well” in the desert of Yemen’s Al-Mahra province

A team of caves has descended into the so-called “Hell of Hell” under the desert in eastern Yemen for what is believed to be the first time.

Barhout’s well is about 100 feet wide and more than 200 feet deep and has long frightened and avoided the locals.

Yemeni officials have estimated that it is “millions and millions” years old, and for centuries stories have been circulating about the mysterious figures as jinns or geniuses living in the well.

Others think it’s the gate of hell.

Many locals are petrified to visit the well or even talk about it, as they fear it may cause bad luck.



The team’s caves are preparing to abseil down into the Barhout well
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“Some say this is where apostates and non-believers are tortured after death,” geologist and owner of Earth Sciences Consultancy Center Mohammad Al Kindi told The national.

“Others think their heads would be cut off when they’re down there.”

But on September 15, eight divers from the Oman Cave Exploration Team decided to take the plunge, only to discover snakes, dead animals and cave pearls in the depths of the hole – but no signs of the supernatural.



An aerial view shows the well in Barhout, known as the “well of hell” in the desert of Yemen’s Al-Mahra province
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The films showed cave formations and gray and lime green cave pearls, formed by dripping water.

Mohammed al-Kindi, a professor of geology at the German University of Technology in Oman, said: “Some say it is where apostates and non-believers are tortured to death. Others think their heads would be cut off when they are down there.

“I was the last to climb in and the last to leave. I spent about six hours down there. ”

The cave added: “They say that the Mecca Zamzam Well water is the holiest and purest on earth and that the water from Hell’s Well is the most evil. All we saw was clean fresh water down there. We even drank a whole bottle and nothing happened to us. “

Al-Kindi, who also owns a mining and petroleum consulting company, said that “passion” was behind the team’s efforts.

“We felt that this is something that will reveal a new wonder and part of Yemeni history,” he said.



The natural wonder has been avoided by many locals, who believe it is a prison for geniuses
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He said the team had collected samples of water, rocks, soil and some dead animals, but they had not yet been analyzed.

He continued: “There were dead birds, which creates some bad odor, but there was no overwhelming bad odor.”



Yemeni officials have estimated that it is “millions and millions” years old
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Oman Cave Exploration Team / AFP v)




Due to many years of folklore about the well of hell, some Yemenis have claimed to have entered the cave and lived to tell the story, but al-Kindi said he saw no sign of any human activity at the bottom.

He said he hoped his team’s visit to the bottom would dispel some legends about the cave: “I think Hell’s Well, known as Barhout, is a legendary cave awarded to many caves in Yemen. Now that we have gone to Khasfat Foujit, the cave should not be called by any other name than the area in which it is located. “


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