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Fascination with what lies beneath…

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posted on Oct, 30 2008 @ 10:57 AM
I’m fascinated by the underworld; the deep, the dark, and the unknown. This post will take a look at a few things that interest myself and many others.

A curious species, humans are intrigued by the unknown. We live to investigate, in perpetual pursuit of knowledge. Whilst some of us look to the stars, others look to the oceans. And whilst some of us are happy looking at neither, some of us stare in wonderment at the ground beneath our feet, forever asking the question, “What lies beneath?”

With theories pertaining to a Hollow Earth, subterranean cities, crystal caves, lost worlds and deep dark abysses home to ‘Reptilians’ and other unlikely creatures, it’s easy to see how one can become interested in and captivated by such subjects.

Scenes like this exist to whet the appetite of the underground enthusiast –

So, what DO we know about what lies beneath? (or THINK we know)

Ancient Accounts

History, particularly ancient history speaks of abysses, bottomless pits and ‘worlds beneath our feet’. Some examples I will mention here -

Bottomless Pit / Abyss

An abyss is a bottomless depth or deep place. In biblical literature the word is usually used to refer to a pit; to the underworld; to the deepest ocean floor; or to hell.


The biblical ‘bottomless pit’ talks of ‘demons’ and ‘end times’. The general theme seems to be one relating to death, hell and damnation.

The right panel of Hieronymus Bosch's famous Paradise and Hell painting depicts the biblical bottomless pit –


On the subject of the bottomless pit, there’s a very interesting thread here on ATS relating to ‘stargates’ and how ancient civilisations may have mistaken stargates for entrances to underground worlds -

Stargates are real (a lengthy but informative read)


Accounts dating back many centuries tell of a large underground city beneath Asia, Agartha. The existence of Agartha is tied closely to the Hollow Earth theory.

Further information on Agartha, and a list of purported entrances can be found here - Agartha

Recent Accounts

The Hollow Earth

The ever popular Hollow Earth theory continues to excite many.

Hollow Earth is a belief that the planet Earth has a hollow interior and, possibly, a habitable inner surface. The hypothesis of a Hollow Earth has long been contradicted by overwhelming evidence as well as by the modern understanding of planet formation, and the scientific community now dismisses the notion as pseudoscience.


The apparent ‘evidence’ proving the Hollow Earth theory has inspired many an amateur to front their own expeditions, though none have yet to provide any ‘hard’ evidence… or have they?

The Pyramids & The Hall of Records

A particular fascination of mine, and the fascination of many others is the mystery surrounding the pyramids of Giza, and the purported Hall of Records beneath the Sphinx.

Hall of Records is reportedly a library buried under the Great Sphinx of Giza, which is in the Giza pyramid complex. It is rumoured to house the knowledge of the Egyptians by papyrus scrolls, much as the Great Library of Alexandria housed Grecian knowedge. There is debate as to whether the Hall actually exists or not, but all excavation in the area has so far yielded little or no results.


Man-made Underground Places

As well as the many mysterious ‘unknown’ underground sites and places, there are many man-made underground places.

Subterranea Britannica

Subterranea Britannica is devoted to the exploration of man-made underground places – Subterranea Britannica

The society investigates all things man-made, from nuclear bunkers to abandoned tube stations on the London Underground.

This photograph shows a passage within the abandoned Gatwick Airport Subway in London -


A great documentary featuring Subterranea Britannica members can be found here – For The Love Of...

The Catacombs of Paris

Hundreds of miles of man-made tunnels spiral their way through the underground of Paris. These empty passages are host to much of Paris’ dead.

The Catacombs of Paris are a famous underground ossuary in Paris, France. Organized in a renovated section of the city's vast network of subterranean tunnels and caverns towards the end of the 18th century, it became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1867.


Other Information

The following site features lots of information pertaining to Subterranea and underground worlds etc (the majority of the site’s content is in English) -

My fascination with the underground goes on, and there is much to investigate. In the future I hope to do some spelunking with the expressed intention of finding something significant and previously undiscovered.

Thanks for reading.

Please share your thoughts and stories.

posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 11:54 AM
Just stumbled upon this thread and am astonished not only because theirs no responses but also because its a wonderful and well put together thread. Thanks for this information and taking the time to put it together.


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