Does Death Valley Conceal an Ancient Subterranean City?: The Legend of Shin-Au-Av.

By | October 15, 2018

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Death Valley National Park California United States Of America North America. (Photo by: Francesco Vaninetti/ClickAlps/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images)

California’s Death Valley is one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Average temperatures are well over 100 degrees, water is almost non-existent, vegetation is scarce and the whole area is situated below sea level. It certainly earned its name. Could it be that there is more to Death Valley than dangerous heat and dehydration? Could it be that there is an ancient, hidden, underground city deep below Death Valley? According to numerous people and Native American lore, there is. This is the legend of Shin-Au-Av. 

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Paiute Indians Spoke of the Kingdom of Shin-Au-Av

Just because Death Valley doesn’t offer the ideal habitat doesn’t mean that humans haven’t inhabited the area for thousands of years. Among them were the Paiute people. The Paiute Indians have told stories about a vast underground city for centuries. They call this place the Kingdom of Shin-Au-Av, meaning “Ghost Land” and they consider the subterranean city to be portal to the underworld. The legend of this hidden city is full of details.