This time of the year is not the season for spook and paranormal stuff, but the is going to be a good read if you’re into something scary. Maybe something to keep you awake so you can review for a test or do well at work, if you’re in the evening shift. These may not be as creepy as reading an article on haunted houses or castles, but somehow it’s sure to give you something to think about when you’re walking. alone. under. the. moonlight. and. BOO! Nah. I’m just messing with you. Anyways, here are my top 5 Scariest Places in the World. Happy reading…
The Door to Hell, Ahal Province Turkmenistan
Locals named a 230-foot-wide crater that won’t stop burning, “door to Hell”. Back in 1971, when Soviet Scientist began searching for oil, they accidentally hit a methane reserve which caused the drilling platform to collapse. forming the crater and releasing dangerous gas into the air. To burn off the methane, the scientists decided to light the crater with fire, creating an anomaly that has remained lit for more than 40 years now. I don’t know about you, but just looking at it really makes me think of hell. It looks almost exactly the same as some elderly people described hell to me when I was young.
A tiny village in Japan called Nagaro, has become notable because of the huge population of life-sized dolls which outnumbers the human population in a ration of 100:1. The dolls are the work of Tsukimi Ayano, who started creating doll replicas of her neighbors who died or moved out of the village. These doppelgangers are scattered around the town in various positions – from elderly couples sitting on a bench to fishermen sitting on the riverbank. There are around 350 dolls and less than 40 humans in the village. I loved porcelain dolls, but after watching so many horror movies with possessed dolls, I started being afraid of them, especially the big one with real-looking eyes. The eyes are beautiful but they looked a little creepy.
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Since the 14th Century, people have been placing crosses on this hill in Northern Lithuania. The crosses were used to express the desire for Lithuanian independence during the Medieval period. In 1831, people started adding more crosses to the site in remembrance of the rebels who lost their lives in a peasant uprising. Once again, during the Soviet occupation, the hill became a place of defiance. The Soviets tried to bulldoze the hill and the crosses thrice, only to be rebuilt by the locals. To date, there are more than 100,000 crosses erected on the hill. On a personal note, the hill looks like an execution site of witches and vampires in old movies.
The Island of the dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico
Third on my list of 5 Scariest Places in the world is Xochimilco, popularly known by tourists who are into paranormal and morbid things, because of Isla de la Munecas or Island of the Dolls. It was a known chinampa or floating garden that belonged to Julian Santana Barrera, a native of the La Asuncion neighborhood. He was known for being a loner and was rarely seen in most of Xochimilco. According to the legend, Santana Barrera discovered a little girl who drowned in the canals, and floating nearby was a doll which he assumed belong to the deceased lass. As a sign of respect, he hung the doll on a tree. Not long after this incident he started hearing whispers, footsteps, and anguished wails in the darkness, even when his hut was far from civilization. In an attempt to appease what he believed to be spirit of the deceased girl, he spent the of his life hanging more and more dolls, some of them missing a few body parts. In 2001, Barrera’s body was reportedly found in the same site where he found the little girl. After some time the island became a tourist attraction. Some visitors have reportedly heard the dolls whispering to them. This place is definitely not for the faint-hearted, since the dolls and the place look eerie enough, even without the whispers and footsteps.
Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees, Aokigahara is a 35-square kilometre forest located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji. Aokigahara is the world’s second-most popular suicide site (after the Golden Gate Bridge). This is place is not that scary when you look at it, but it’s in my list of 5 Scariest Places in the World for this reason: in 2010, 247 people attempted to take their lives in the forest, 54 were successful. Some blame the historic association of the forest with “yurei” or ghosts of the dead in Japanese Mythology. At the head of the main trail stands a sign urges the suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association. Others say that the density of the forest trees, which muffles sound, making it easy for hikers to get lost. Because of this, many hikers mark their path with strings or plastic tapes. This place looks like a very good place to hike and enjoy nature with friends, but I’ll have to make sure that none of us having suicidal thoughts. Just to be safe. And that should be on your list too, after all we travel to gain experience and knowledge that we cannot acquire unless we get out of shells, not to lose a precious friend in some dense forest.
So that concludes my list of 5 Scariest Places in the world. I hope this didn’t scare you that much but I do hope that you learned something from reading this article on 5 Scariest Places in the world. Since I’ve already shared this much with you, I might as well tell you what I realized after reading about these places to write this. Sometimes, the scariest thing about a place is not always it’s gloomy or eerie appearance, but the history of how it came to be the way it was.
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