Gates of Hell
On this earth are places said to be a gateway to an elaborately constructed realm of torture beneath our feet…a journey into an alternate dimension. For thousands of years people have believed this to be true. The Bible speaks of a place where we will descend, due to our choices here and because of eternal consequences thereof. Enormous torment and horror comes from the stories told of people who have had (NDE) near death experiences. Hell’s demons and devils which inflict constant pain to the souls which reside there.
Sounds from Hell
Man who went to hell in his NDE
8 Minutes in Hell
23 Minutes in Hell (Full Length)
Taken from research from the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research of Elsevier ;
Nicaragua’s conquest started only 30years after Christopher Columbus arrived to America in 1492. At that moment the Masaya and Momotombo volcanoes were erupting simultaneously. Some people believed that it was the Mouth of Hell, whereas others could greedily see in the lava a source of gold or silver. This fact led to many attempts trying to prove it.
During the 1772 eruption, the bishop of Granada, followed by numerous fellows, carried the image of the Christ of Nindiri in a procession and faced the coming lava flow in order to stop it. Oddly enough, the eruption did cease after that For this reason, since 1772, every 16th of March a big religious procession takes place in this region.
From the beginning of Nicaragua’s conquest, the Spaniards referred to the Masaya Volcano as “The Mouth of Hell” or simply “Masaya’s Hell” (Infierno de Masaya in Spanish).
This name was also following the tradition of the Aboriginal people who believed that the Masaya volcano was a god. They made offerings and human sacrifices throwing
into the incandescent crater children and maidens, sending them to “fetch water” during the drought seasons. Also, the aboriginal chiefs of the region, when solving important matters, asked for “secret advice” (Monexico in Nahualt language) to a sorceress who appeared inside the volcano. She was described as “an old woman with long and spiky hair, sharp fangs and breasts reaching her waist” 
It is thought that this sorceress of the volcano was Chalchiutlicue, thewater deity in Mexicanmythology whichwas inherited by the Nicaraos. This imagewas similar to that which the Spaniards had of the Devil which, added to the idea that all the aboriginal gods were product of the Devil and contributed to the belief that the volcano was the
mouth or gates of Hell. This led to Mercedarian Fray Francisco de Bobadilla climbing the volcano in 1529, where he erected a cross in order to exorcise what he called “The Mouth of Hell”.
The Dialogues of Saint Gregory (Book IV Chap.36) in which he states that volcanoes are the Mouths of Hell. This is evidence of the strong influence of the Classics and the Catholic Church over the thinking of this time.
The Carmelite Fray Antonio Vazquez, who visited Nicaragua at the beginning of the XVII century, speculates on the possible causes of the volcanic eruptions, thinking that they were the Earth’s vents from which the “fire of Hell” escaped. According to the theologians of the time, Hell was located at the centre of the Earth and according to the cosmographers it was exactly at 1030 and three quarters and a half leagues from where the humans lived!!! Furthermore, many of them pointed out that all known volcanoes, sometimes spat out fire smoke or ash and other times they didn’t. The big difference was that the Masaya volcano never ceased doing it and was in permanent activity. This led Friar Toribio Benavente (1541) to say “that the fire of the volcano of Nicaragua [Masaya] without fuel (…), must be the mouth of Hell and its fire must be supernatural and hellish, and the place from which the condemned are thrown by the demons” and further on, he makes a comparison with the Vulcano volcano (which in The Dialogues of Saint Gregory is named as the Mouth Of Hell into which King Theodoric was thrown) and adds “thus, if that one [Vulcano] is the Mouth of Hell, this one [Mayasa] not only seems to be the Mouth, but is Hell itself”. Lastly, in that time there were very popular versions told by sailors, who had visions of demons when they were near “those mountains that spit fire”. They also heard cries of the condemned or voices that mocked them and untied the ropes, lines and riggings if they didn’t make the sign of the Cross.
What I noticed from the name of this site was that its spelling sounds like messiah.
Xibalba, roughly translated as “place of fear”, is the name of the underworld in Maya mythology, ruled by the Maya death gods and their helpers.
In 16th-century Verapaz, the entrance to Xibalba was traditionally held to be a cave in the vicinity of Cobán, Guatemala. According to some of the K’iche’ Maya presently living in the vicinity, the area is still associated with death.
Another physical incarnation of the road to Xibalba as viewed by the K’iche’ is the dark rift which is visible in the Milky Way.
Xibalba is described in the Popol Vuh as a court below the surface of the Earth associated with death and with twelve gods or powerful rulers known as the Lords of Xibalba. The first among the Maya Death Gods ruling Xibalba were Hun-Came (One Death) and Vucub-Came (Seven Death), though Hun-Came is the more senior of the two. The remaining ten Lords are often referred to as demons and are given commission and domain over various forms of human suffering: to cause sickness, starvation, fear, destitution, pain, and ultimately death. These Lords all work in pairs and are Xiquiripat (Flying Scab) and Cuchumaquic (Gathered Blood), who sicken people’s blood; Ahalpuh (Pus Demon) and Ahalgana (Jaundice Demon), who cause people’s bodies to swell up; Chamiabac (Bone Staff) and Chamiaholom (Skull Staff), who turn dead bodies into skeletons; Ahalmez (Sweepings Demon) and Ahaltocob (Stabbing Demon), who hide in the unswept areas of people houses and stabbed them to death; and Xic (Wing) and Patan (Packstrap), who caused people to die coughing up blood while out walking on a road. The remaining residents of Xibalba are thought to have fallen under the dominion of one of these Lords, going about the face of the Earth to carry out their listed duties.
Xibalba seemed to be rife with tests, trials, and traps for anyone who came into the city. Even the road to Xibalba was filled with obstacles: first a river filled with scorpions, a river filled with blood, and then a river filled with pus. Beyond these was a crossroads where travellers had to choose from between four roads that spoke in an attempt to confuse and beguile. Upon passing these obstacles, one would come upon the Xibalba council place, where it was expected visitors would greet the seated Lords. Realistic mannequins were seated near the Lords to confuse and humiliate people who greeted them, and the confused would then be invited to sit upon a bench, which was actually a hot cooking surface. The Lords of Xibalba would entertain themselves by humiliating people in this fashion before sending them into one of Xibalba’s deadly tests.
The city was home to at least six deadly houses filled with trials for visitors. The first was Dark House, a house that was completely dark inside. The second was Rattling House or Cold House, full of bone-chilling cold and rattling hail. The third was Jaguar House, filled with hungry jaguars. The fourth was Bat House, filled with dangerous shrieking bats, and the fifth was Razor House, filled with blades and razors that moved about of their own accord. In another part of the Popol Vuh, a sixth test, Hot House, filled with fires and heat, is identified. The purpose of these tests was to either kill or humiliate people placed into them if they could not outwit the test. 
The Necromanteion or Nekromanteion was an ancient Greek temple of necromancy devoted to Hades and Persephone. According to tradition, it was located on the banks of the Acheron river in Epirus, near the ancient city of Ephyra. This site was believed by devotees to be the door to Hades, the realm of the dead. The site is at the meeting point of the Acheron, Pyriphlegethon and Cocytus rivers, believed to flow through and water the kingdom of Hades. The meaning of the names of the rivers has been interpreted to be “joyless,” “burning coals” and “lament.”
The word Nekromanteion means “Oracle of Death”, and the faithful came here to talk with their late ancestors. Although other ancient temples such as the Temple of Poseidon in Taenaron as well as those in Argolis, Cumae, and Herakleia in Pontos are known to have housed oracles of the dead, the Necromanteion of Ephyra was the most important. It belonged to the Thesprotians, the local Epirot Greek tribe. According to Herodotus’ account, it was to the Nekromanteion that Periander, the 6th century BC tyrant of Corinth, had sent legates to ask questions of his dead wife, Melissa. In Homer’s Odyssey, the Nekromanteion was also described as the entrance by which Odysseus made his nekyia.
Ritual use of the Nekromanteion involved elaborate ceremonies wherein celebrants seeking to speak to the dead would start by gathering in the ziggurat-like temple and consuming a meal of broad beans, pork, barley bread, oysters, and a narcotic compound. Following a cleansing ceremony and the sacrifice of sheep, the faithful would descend through a chthonic series of meandric corridors leaving offerings as they passed through a number of iron gates. The nekyomanteia would pose a series of questions and chant prayers and the celebrants would then witness the priest arise from the floor and begin to fly about the temple through the use of Aeorema-like theatrical cranes.
The pilgrims were going to the necromancy to communicate with the underworld souls but the ritual was not that simple as, they as living beings, had to be submitted to a diet including raw food like oysters, causing the effect of illusions and trances which was resulting in speaking with the souls and getting the prophecy desired.
The architectural structure of the Necromanteion was helping the psychosomatic process. The building had two levels, the upper one for the world of the living and the lower one for the world of the dead, where the dark Temple of Hades (Αδης) was built, the room where the pilgrims could “meet” the souls of the dead. The corridor that lead there was whirling because the purpose was to make the vertigo more intense for the believer, with the result of him believing that he was walking the “road” to Hades. Then he had to cross the three Iron Gates to enter the Kingdom of the dead. 
We are forbidden in the Bible to communicate with familiar spirits and/or spirits of the dead. This is once again becoming quiet popular with the new spree of ‘ghost hunting’ programs. These programs enforce communication, and in fact, this is not only very dangerous, they warn but yet they persuade by enticement.
After the eruption of 1104, stories (which were probably spread deliberately through Europe by Cistercian (Knights Templar) monks) told that Hekla was the gateway to Hell. The Cistercian monk Herbert of Clairvaux wrote in his De Miraculis (without naming Hekla):
The renowned fiery cauldron of Sicily, which men call Hell’s chimney … that cauldron is affirmed to be like a small furnace compared to this enormous inferno.
—Herbert of Clairvaux, Liber De Miraculis, 1180
A poem by the monk Benedeit from circa 1120 about the voyages of Saint Brendan mentions Hekla as the prison of Judas.
The Flatey Book Annal wrote of the 1341 eruption that people saw large and small birds flying in the mountain’s fire which were taken to be souls. In the 16th century Caspar Peucer wrote that the Gates of Hell could be found in “the bottomless abyss of Hekla Fell”. The belief that Hekla was the gate to Hell persisted until the 1800s. There is still a legend that witches gather on Hekla for Easter. 
Some believe that these are portals for demons, (aka UFO) and increased activity surges with the event. Some think that 900 years ago the events of the explosions caused the barriers of hell to break and this allows demons to flourish in the mortal world.
ST. PATRICKS PURGATORY
The story of St Patrick’s Purgatory in a Christian context goes back to 445 AD, when according to legend the greatest of Irish saints, Saint Patrick, visited the lake. While preaching, Patrick arrived on the island, entered the cave and had a vision of the punishments of Hell… hence the name St Patrick’s Purgatory was born.
In the 12th century, St Malachy of Armagh encouraged canons of St Augustine to found a priory on Station Island. They copied the pattern of their Celtic neighbours on Saints Island, who had a cave associated with their founder Saint Daveoc, who was said to have been left in charge of the facilities by St Patrick himself.
Very little is known about Saint Daveoc, though his name does mean “vat” and “tub” – a cauldron? Either way, it is an apt description for the cave and the belly of the serpent, or the womb of mother earth, in which the pilgrims were to descend.
What is Purgatory? It is defined as a state or place in the “next world” where souls of those who died in grace but that are not free from all imperfection, make expiation for unforgiven venial sins, and thus are purified before entering heaven. This is mainly a Roman Catholic doctrine.
In the absence of historical data, folklore and legends of Ireland must fill in the void. And the main theme is that of the hero who goes into the underworld and is swallowed by the Great Swallower, and is reborn.
One ancient legend linked the island with the flight of Finn Mac Coul, a mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology. He was the son of Cumhall, leader of the Fianna, and Muirne, daughter of the druid Tadg mac Nuadat. Finn is said to have dropped his mother’s legs into Lough Derg, and the lake became therefore known as Finn Mac Coul’s lake. The lake was said to have an enormous water-monster, the Corra, which in Irish mythology is the warrior aspect of the triple goddess. However, the Corra is also the goddess of prophecy and it is of course prophecy that is at the centre of oracle centres!
This water-monster is what St. Patrick many centuries later had to fight and kill. He found her laying in the water as a serpent and as he approached her, she opened her jaws and swallowed him. It took him two days and nights for him to cut himself free, killing her. As the struggle went on, the lake ran red with the blood of the water-monster, and so the lake came to be called Loch Derg… the Red Lake. Her body itself turned to stone and became the stones that to this day form the islands and jut out of the lake. Variations on this legend say, however, that it was Finn Mac Coul or his son, Conan, who killed the serpent. Another related legend is that Saint Patrick drove all the serpents from Ireland into this lake and that he had his final battle with them there, gaining complete victory.
Salem was founded at the mouth of the Naumkeag river in 1626, at the site of an ancient Native American village and trading center (it was originally called Naumkeag and was renamed Salem three years later) by a company of fishermen from Cape Ann led by Roger Conant, and incorporated in 1629.
Featured notably in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, much of the city’s cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem witch trials of 1692: Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, the Salem High School athletic teams are named The Witches; and Gallows Hill, a site of numerous public hangings, is currently used as a playing field for various sports. Tourists know Salem as a mix of important historical sites, New Age and Wiccan boutiques, kitschy Halloween, witch-themed attractions and a vibrant downtown that has more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. 
Abigail Hobbs, allegedly made a deal with the devil…
Below is the testimony of a teenager accused of witchcraft, Abigail Hobbs, on April 19, 1692.
The Examination of Abigail Hobbs , at Salem Village, 19 April, 1692, by John Hawthorn and Jonath. Corwin , Esqs., and Assistants.
[Judge:] Abig. Hobbs, you are brought before Authority to answer to sundry acts of witchcraft, committed by you against and upon the bodies of many, of which several persons now accuse you. What say you? Are you guilty, or not? Speak the truth.
[Abigail Hobbs:] I will speak the truth. I have seen sights and been scared. I have been very wicked. I hope I shall be better, if God will help me.
[Judge:] What sights did you see?
[Abigail Hobbs:] I have seen dogs and many creatures.
[Judge:] What dogs do you mean, ordinary dogs?
[Abigail Hobbs:] I mean the Devil.
[Judge:] How often, many times?
[Abigail Hobbs:] But once.
. . . .
[Judge:] What would he have you do?
[Abigail Hobbs:] Why, he would have me be a witch.
[Judge:] Would he have you make a covenant with him?
[Abigail Hobbs:] Yes.
Considering Salem was originally what Jerusalem was called, it was a mockery for the United States to name this city. Satan also loved this, because he used it as a place to highlight witchcraft!
THE CITY ON FIRE
Located in Columbia County is Centralia, Pennsylvania and on route 61 in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite coal region has its ruins and has been a permanent closure for some time. Almost 50 years has long passed this town since the beginning of its fire down below which burns to this very day. Due to the fire, smoke, fumes, and toxic gases this city has become a virtual ghost town with few residents remaining. As time passed every attempt at stopping the fire was lost, and over 40 million dollars later, the fires in the surrounding hillsides and streets proved to be a double edged sword.
Fueling the rumors of an actual ghost town is the story recently portrayed in the movie, “Silent Hill”. The seed planted in the mind of screen writer Roger Avary turned out to be an actual plot for audiences to explore their fears of the unknown. Although this movie is a work of fiction, many believe it is loosely based on this town.
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