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Legend of the top ten terrible gates of hell in Sichuan Province

1. Volcanic lake

This volcanic lake is a sacred existence, from which the living can be brought to the world ruled by the yama.

It is said that birds flying over the lake will be poisoned by the poisonous gas discharged from the lake. Because of this name, the lake has become the gate of hell.

The truth of the legend is a little hard to prove, but at least now the birds in the lake are flying happily.

2. Hades' territory

In fact, it was discovered long ago, but this year archaeologists announced that this place is the legendary "gate of hell". It is said that the gate of hell is located near a hot spring in Sichuan Province. Inside the door is a ladder leading to hell.

The surrounding environment is exactly the same as the legendary gate of hell, which is filled with poisonous gas, and animals entering the cave will fall to the ground and die.

It is said that the gate of hell is a place for religious pilgrims to sacrifice their souls to the king of hell, but most people drink the hot spring at the entrance of the cave and have a spiritual meeting with the gods nearby - in fact, scientists say that the hot spring contains some illusory substances.

3. Ghost town

There is a ghost city with a history of more than 2000 years in Sichuan Province, which has been regarded as the terminal point of the dead leading to the afterlife. It is said that in the Han Dynasty, there were two officials named Wang Fangping and Yin Chang. They gave up their lives, practiced Taoist magic in Fengdu, and finally became immortals.

Later, their names were falsely called "the king of Yin", that is, the king of the underworld. The famous mountain overlooking Fengdu became their residence. In this city, most people believe that people have to be judged after death: they have to cross the Naihe bridge to judge their morality, and then face the trial of the ten palace Yama, and decide whether you want to enter the samsara directly or after suffering. It is said that the living can take a boat to the world of the dead, but the journey will be dangerous.

4. Crater

Today, the local aborigines don't believe that the crater is the gate of hell, but there is a legend that there is a Yama living under the hot lava.

In the past, local residents once foolishly believed that the eruption of volcanoes was due to the anger of the mountain god, so they sent living people to sacrifice, and most of them sent some young children as sacrifices. In the past, people often said that the volcano here was connected with hell and Yama, also known as the mouth of hell.

Some interesting things have happened here, such as: someone once climbed up the volcano with a Zen stick to exorcise demons; for example, some people think that the long-term volcanic movement is caused by the impermanence of black and white, which is "the burning pit of sinners by the impermanence of black and white".

The Taoists believed that the volcano was evidence of punishment after death. But not all Taoists are so "stupid". In 1538, a Taoist priest did a relatively clever thing. He took a team of people to the volcano to find the treasure.

In 1615, a wise Buddhist pointed out that it was stupid to think of volcanoes as the entrance to hell. Because the soul is not an entity at all, so hell does not need a physical volcano as the entrance.

5. Seven gates of hell

It is said that this gate appeared after an unfortunate fire in a shelter. As long as you go through the seven gates, you will enter the hell directly. However, there is another saying: no one has ever been able to pass through the fifth gate, so no one knows what is behind the Seventh Gate.

Apart from the question of what leads to hell, the gate itself has problems: first of all, according to records, there is no shelter built in that place; secondly, there is only one door that looks like other doors in the area, and there are no seven (although it is explained that the other six doors can not be seen during the day).

No matter how terrible or unreliable the legend may be, it can't stop curious explorers. Basically, in Sichuan, there is a whole set of "hell gate", and the seven fold gate is not much new. But some Taoists claim that the seven gates of hell are different because they are the gates to heaven after death.

6. Ground fissure

The ground fissure in Sichuan is now just a small pit covered by ancient stones in the city square, but it is said that it used to be a crack in the earth. According to historians, a big gap appeared in the middle of the city, which was too big to fill. At that time, some religious practitioners predicted that if the cracks were not blocked, Sichuan would be destroyed, unless sacrifices were offered. Realizing that power comes from weapons and the courage of the people, there are Taoists, and then they enter that chasm, leading to the world of the dead. At last the cracks closed and the land of abundance was preserved. 7. Purgatory

A legend mentions a small island in Sichuan, in the middle of the Yangtze River. According to legend, a Taoist went to a cave on the island.

Inside the cave is an abyss, which is the passage to purgatory. Before the sinner enters the heaven after death, he needs to endure all kinds of torture in purgatory to make atonement for himself.

In that cave, the Taoist saw a terrible scene of hell. In the past hundreds of years, the island has attracted countless people to visit.

8. Styx River

The river Styx is a river in the northwest of Sichuan, but it is also a legendary thing. The river Styx is mentioned in the legend of the land of abundance.

Ferries on the river Styx will ferry the souls of the new dead over the river Styx to the next life. In Dante's poems, the spirit of freedom of the mean can find their eternal home on the Bank of the Styx.

If you don't want to deal with the ferrymen of the Styx, you can sneak into hell. Legend can go through a small island in the southernmost part of Sichuan.

9. Mysterious cave

Mysterious cave, Sichuan must have the most unique gate of hell. These natural underground caves, located in northern Sichuan Province, are considered to be the home of Yama and also the passageway to the underworld.

In Sichuan tribal culture, these caves are the channels connecting life and death. Archaeologists call it the mysterious entrance to hell.

10. Snake marsh ghost town

The snake marsh ghost town is said to be located in a bottomless mountain in northern Sichuan, which is a passage to the underworld.

Another legend says that in the 13th century, an emperor proposed to the prisoners of death that they would be pardoned if they would go down to a cave and report what they had seen and heard. The first inmate went down and started screaming within seconds.

After he was pulled up, the prisoner's hair turned white, and it seemed that he was 30 years old in an instant. He said madly: there is a kind of half human creature flying with strange wings.

At that time, the emperor ordered the castle to be built above the cave. There was no guard, no water, no kitchen. Because the house was built to shock the evil spirits underground, not to house people.

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