The "Portal to Hell" In Hawaii

By | September 5, 2019

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This iconic photo, taken in 1996 by Laszlo Kestay seems to show writhing, tormented souls being sucked into the pits of hell, but there is a scientific explanation. Source: (

This image may look like it was taken on the set of a Hollywood movie about demons from the underworld. You can almost—but not quite—make out the shapes of twisted, tormented souls who were trying to escape the fiery pits of a cruel afterlife. But this is no movie set; it's a real place. Found in Hawaii, this lava portal to Hell serves as a reminder to the locals that nature is weird and eternity is terrifying.

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The fiery gates of hell. Source: (

Legends of Hell

For people living in ancient times, Hell was a very real, physical place. Hidden entryways into the frightening and forbidden underworld could be found at various points on Earth—in caves, canyons, pits, and naturally, volcanoes. These entryways, according to myths and legends, could also serve as escape routes. In some stories, brave heroes like Orpheus, Odysseus, Hercules, and Aeneas entered the portal to Hell to rescue a beloved or confront Hades, the god of the underworld and escaped from Hell through the same portal. Others were not so lucky. Stories abound about desperate, tormented souls who perished while trying to free themselves.