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Forbidden Places: Top 15 Sites You’re Not Allowed to Visit (Video)

Forbidden Places: Top 15 Sites You’re Not Allowed to Visit (Video)


There is something intriguing about forbidden places that adds to their allure. These are 15 sites that are strictly off-limits to the public for various reasons, be it for safety, environmental protection, or cultural preservation. From the ancient human encampments of Lascaux caves in France to the remote island of North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal, the world is full of places that we are not allowed to visit.

One such place is Uluru, the iconic sandstone monolith in central Australia. Despite being a popular tourist destination, the site is considered sacred by the local Aboriginal people and visitors are prohibited from climbing it. Similarly, the Grand Shrine of Ise in Japan is a revered site of Shinto worship, and only a select few are allowed to enter the inner sanctum. These forbidden places offer a glimpse into the world's secrets, and their mystery only adds to their appeal.

Top image: A forbidden cave. Source: Konstantin Yolshin / Adobe Stock

By Joanna Gillan



One would be forgiven for thinking Uluru to be one of the most sacred Aboriginal sites in Australia. This wasn't always the case.

There is good evidence that it wasn't particularly sacred to the local inhabitants until non-locals encouraged it to be thought of in a different way rather recently.

This amounts to manipulation of Aboriginal people and could be reasonably construed as the condescending act of racist minds. However, as the more circumspect elders were replaced, new things become sacred, like the dot paintings and Uluru.

Now, I don't have any problem with the dot paintings per se. One adorns the wall above the fireplace in front of me. But let's not kid ourselves they're anything other than a representation of Aboriginal culture after European contact. Such contact was a vital impetus to the beginnings of the dot-painting that became an industry, just as it is to the sacred red desert monolith industry.

The irony is that those who scream against Europeans patronising Aboriginal people are some of the worst offenders. And the biggest hypocrites.

It is no accident either. The just causes of Aboriginal people have been co--opted to the unjust causes of global tyranny, just as the just causes of European, Asian and African Australians have been.

It all goes back to the Church I never really joined that doesn't really exist at all. It's just a coincidence that the public gardens that promote this non-existent Church of pentagrams can often include or border an Aboriginal 'garden', even with a New Age religion twist...

History is being rewritten. Historians, archaeologists and anthropologists are increasingly apologists for a propaganda industry they don't even understand.

As I've said before, it may be hard to tell if I am right or simply crazy. The truth is that I'm crazy to have done what I did over decades in order to be so very right, right now. It is far easier to go with the flow and bow to some supposedly 'non-white' Europeans while erroneously thinking that they're anything but the biggest racists of all

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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