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known prehistoric subterranean temple in the world.
The Oracle Room The Oracle Room is roughly rectangular and one of the smallest side chambers has the peculiarity of producing a powerful echo. A human voice echoes. This room has an elaborately painted ceiling, consisting of spirals in red ochre with circular blobs.
Maltese is a Semitic language descended from Siculo-Arabic, that in the course of its history has been influenced by Sicilian and Standard Italian, to a lesser extent French, and more recently from English. Today, the core vocabulary (including both the most commonly used vocabulary and function words) is Semitic, with large numbers of loan words. Due to the Sicilian influence on Siculo-Arabic Maltese has many language contact features and is most commonly described as a language with a large number of loanwords. The Maltese language has historically been classified in various ways, contradictory to the views of linguists today. Some claimed that the ancient Punic language was the base of the language, instead of Siculo-Arabic, while others believed the language to be Berber, and under Fascist Italy, it was considered a dialect of Italian.
—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.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Some speculate about an ancient subterranean tunnel system spanning from Italy through Malta and on to Libya. I could not find anything on this except that it is common knowledge that there are ancient tunnels in the Sahara Desert of Libya and that there are ancient tunnels in Malta (people having used them to hide in world war 2), and there are ancient tunnels in Sicily and Italy.
This was an interesting find, but I could not find anything on it in English. From the little bit I do understand it speculates about advanced technology being used in ancient tunnels somewhere in Italy.
Originally posted by ravenflt
With regards to the Gozo Temple, quote: In the Maltese language, Ggantija means "belonging to the giants".
Stop opening these cans of beans
Originally posted by Skyfloating
One of the "mysterious accounts", quoted from Wikipedia. As far as I know, this first appeared 1940 in the National Geographic.
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 CthulhuRising