A team of Omani cave explorers managed for the first time to go down to a well in the desert of Yemen, which is surrounded by legends, and is known as the “bottom of Hell” or “the prison of the jinn”.
It is believed that the well of Barhout is more than a hundred meters deep, and the common people fly from it, and legends have been told about it for centuries that it is inhabited by evil spirits.
The explorers took out samples of soil, stones and water, in order to conduct analyzes on them. In its bottom they encountered snakes, frogs, beetles, and dead animals, but they did not find evil spirits.
“We found snakes, but they don’t bother you unless you bother them,” Muhammad Al Kindi, a professor of geology at the German University in Amman, was quoted by the French news agency as saying.
Al-Kindi was among eight explorers who went down to the well last week, and two of them remained on the surface.
“Passion is what drove us to go on with this mission, which we knew would reveal another one of the wonders of Yemen and its history,” he said.
He added that the detailed report on the operation will be published later.
Al-Kindi pointed out that “the dead birds in the well are the ones that emit the foul smell”, and that it is “not abnormal” as many believe.
Yemeni officials told AFP in June that they did not know what was at the bottom of the well, which is believed to be “millions and millions of years old”, and that they had never reached the bottom.
The Director General of the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources, Salah Babhair, said: “We reached a depth of 50 or 60 meters. We noticed strange things, and we smelled a strange smell. And the matter of the well remained a mystery.”
Because of the legends that have been told about the well for centuries, Yemenis avoid visiting it or approaching it for fear of harming them.
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