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There is an account that in the 1940s a British embassy worker, Miss Lois Jessup, went on a tour of the Hypogeum and convinced a guide to let her explore a 3ft. square "burial chamber" next to the floor of the lowest room in the last [3rd] sub-level. She claims that after squeezing through this chamber she came into a large room; where she was standing there was a large cliff with a steep drop and the floor of the cavern could not be seen. Across the cavern there was a small ledge with an opening in the wall. According the Ms. Jessup, a number of 'humanoid beings' that were covered in white hair and hunched over came out of this opening. They raised their palms in her direction and a large gust of wind filled the cavern, extinguishing the light of her candle. She then claimed that she felt something brush past her. When she went back to the Hypogeum on another occasion, she was told no such tour guide had ever worked on the site. Sometime after Miss Jessup's first visit, a group of school children and their teacher visited the Hypogeum on an outing and entered the same burial chamber, which then collapsed while they were inside. Search parties could not conduct a thorough search for the children or their teacher due to the cave-in. The parents of the children claimed that, for weeks, they could hear the voices of their children coming from under the ground in several parts of the island.
Originally posted by jokei
Don't most ancient cultures have some sort of representation of human/animal hybrids?
It'd be a really great area to see more research and pictures from, I went through a set of catacombs in Prague that were spectacular, right in the city centre, went down about 9 levels.
WarrenB - what do you mean about Malta removing/destroying artifacts? Thinking it's anything to do with the Knights?
Originally posted by warrenb
the knights left their mark but, I read somewhere that remains have been found over the years and stored in various palces then the places burn down or the remains vanish
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
If you're wondering what I'm ranting about take a look at HISTORICAL SITES OF MALTA, to see the grand re-opening of the "new" Hal Saflieni Hypogeum of Paola.
Marija Gimbutas commented (regarding the Sleeping Lady*): “Why is she sleeping in the tomb? One explanation is that this represents a rite of initiation or incubation. To sleep within the Goddess’ womb was to die and to come to life anew.”
and Zammit proposed that the type of initiation that was practiced here, was the so-called “temple sleep”: where the initiate is asked to spend the night in a temple; if he or she is able to fall asleep, the dreams were thought to be influenced by the deities, and might provide insight about the past, the present, or the future.
nterestingly, some figurines have human heads, supported on triangular bodies, but one is attached to a two-limbed animal body, while another has a pig’s head. Do these suggest certain shamanic practices – temple sleep obviously being a divinatory method too?
Musicians have stated that the temple has perfect acoustics
Spirals are often associated with the visions experienced during hallucinations, and the walls of caves are seen, since at least 20,000 years ago in France, as doorways into other dimensions, out of which the deities – the ancestors – were said to come into this realm.
Originally posted by Skyfloating:
* What is the exact nature of the elongated skulls found there? And why do only six of the originally eleven remain in the museum? What happened to the others?
Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
by William Wordsworth
—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame,
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.