Statue of Persephone, circa 525 BC and painting The Deluge

Hell on Earth? Is the REAL location of the Ancient Underworld Right in Front of Us?

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The myth of the underworld, much like the myth of the lost paradise and the worldwide deluge, is a universal one. Cultures from all across the world, past and present, widely separated and with seemingly no historical contact, believed in this mysterious realm that the spirits of the deceased went to after death. Hell, the Christian version of the myth and Sheol, the Jewish variant, are very familiar in Western society, but the Greeks, Egyptians, and Maya all believed in their own version of this myth. In Atlantis: The Antediluvian World , Ignatius Donnelly argued that the universal myth of the lost paradise was referring to a real and physical place, but he did not mention the underworld. In this article, I shall extend Donnelly’s thesis and undertake an in-depth analysis of the underworld and where it may have been, and how a real and physical place might have become transformed into the final resting place of souls departed both in the physical and the mythological planes.

Realm of the Spirits

The Greeks believed that the underworld was very much a real place that the lucky few, blessed by the gods, could venture to. For example, Ulysses, in his quest to return to his wife and family on the island of Ithaca after the Trojan War, visited the underworld, meeting with the spirits of his father and the dead Achilles.

Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld, 1806.

Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld, 1806. ( Public Domain )

Moreover, they believed that the underworld was located in the far west, beyond the pillars of Heracles, somewhere where the sun continued to shine after it had already set over Greece itself. Hesiod placed the underworld in Oceanus, the western sea, or the Atlantic Ocean, and called it Hades.

Hell on Earth?

Hades has been interpreted by contemporary scholars, and the Ancient Greeks themselves, as being an underground world. Could they both have been mistaken? Could the underworld, in actuality, have been not a world literally beneath our feet but a land so conspicuously low compared to other lands that it merited the designation of an underworld?

Although there are a million words in the English language, there are no words that describe the idea of a land below sea level. Even altitude and elevation, the words used to describe the height of a location above a given level, assume that the location being discussed is above sea level .

Mark Twain, best known for his novels, was also among the most quotable writers of his time. Among his memorable quotes is one that may be particularly relevant to unveiling the true nature of the underworld:

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter, for it is the difference between the lightning bug and lightning.”

Could it be that the word “underworld” is just that, the exactly the right word for a land situated below sea level?

There are several advantages to this interpretation of the underworld. Firstly, there is strong evidence suggesting that a dry and habitable, below-sea-level basin did exist contemporaneously with behaviorally modern man , namely the Caribbean. Secondly, the Caribbean is exactly where the Ancient Greeks placed the underworld – somewhere in the remote west, across the Atlantic Ocean, for Ulysses was said to have “reached the far confines of Oceanus,” or the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in his odyssey to the underworld. Thirdly, I shall demonstrate that an underworld that is a below-sea-level basin instead of an underground realm naturally and elegantly accounts for the transformation of Hades from a land of the living to the land of the dead. Finally, the Caribbean Basin contains within it a trench that strongly resembles a certain primordial abyss that features prominently in many Greek myths.

A Land of Life and a Land of Death

In the Odyssey, a myth dating back to the Heroic Age of Greece, Homer portrays the underworld as a gloomy realm of deceased spirits and shades. However, in myths that depict events taking place in the distant past, Hades is described as an abode of the living. For example, in the myth of the Titanomachy, or the war between the Titans and the Olympians, Zeus, son of Kronus, rebelled against his father and the Titans, the elder race of Gods, and emerged victorious in a ten-year-long war. Upon his victory, Zeus imprisoned the defeated Titans in Tartarus. There is no mention of spirits, shades, and ghosts in this version of Hades, and if Hesiod had called Hades and Tartarus by another name, one would hardly suspect that the setting of this war between the Titans and the Olympians was in any way a spiritual realm.

Comments

In another myth, this article is the Bible, long lost but now found.

Does the author even have a clue as to what a myth is? He mentions that there are no ghosts in the myth about the Titans... well, guess what, the myth about Titans is a myth about Titans, not about ghosts. He further mentions that in another myth Hades is a habitable land, not of the dead... well, guess what, that myth is not about the dead but about the gods, so naturally the abode of the gods is described as habitable ...to them! Why should any myth contain irrelevant details? That is simply not how myths work.

Please! The works of so-called Homer are <strong>fiction</strong>. So are those by Mark Twain. However, the identity, dating and whereabouts of Homer disappears into thin air to researchers. Did he even exist?

Also, in one sentence Hades is a supposed country, in another Hades is "Lord of the Underworld", in a third sentence Hades is "the Greek Underworld" (so, each country or people has its own underworld? And Hades can be whatever you like, as long as "underworld" is part of the name?).

"...the universal myth of the lost paradise..."

...is equalled in the lead in, to the underworld. In what, or which, particular religious context is it so? The underworld, for everyone else, has nothing to do with any type of paradise, neither lost nor found. Nothing at all. The very concept of "a paradise" is strictly confined to the three so-called "abrahamic faiths", and the concept of "paradise" does simply not exist outside of that trio. Even using the word "paradise" is a religious claim. For everybody else than adherents to Christianity, Jewdom, Islam paradise does not exist (hell neither), but the underworld does, as that is not an "abrahamic" religios concept.

"... Sheol, the Jewish variant, are very familiar in Western society"

Eh? ...no? Never heard of it before! Is the article author Jewish, American, or both? Jewish ways of speech are common in American English, but generally not outside USA. Jewish religious concepts are generally only known by jews, some non-jew americans, and those with a special interest.

Everything "they" tell you is a myth is true and everything "they" say is true is a lie! The entire government are evil treasonous criminals! The day of the next false flag using the nuke the evil government stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be annihilated by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day globally for the past decade. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but by then 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

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