Inside Planet Earth: Ancient Beliefs

About the different religious beliefs through ancient times about what is inside planet Earth, beliefs of Christians, Greeks, Buddhists and more.


The Bible refers to a pit, "the sides of the North," were the throne of God, hidden in clouds, is located.

Gilgamesh, a Sumerian and Babylonian hero, visited an ancestor in the bowels of the earth.

The Greek musician Orpheus tried to rescue his dead wife Eurydice from an underground hell.

The Buddhists believed, and still believe, that millions live in Agharta, an underground paradise ruled by the King of the World from its capital, Shamballah. Agharta was founded millions of years ago by a holy man, who, warned by the gods, sought to evade disaster by holing up in the inner earth.

It has been said that the Pharaohs of Egypt were in touch with an underworld, which could be reached through secret tunnels whose entrances were located in the pyramids.

The Incas, after being discovered by the white man, supposedly led a large number of their people, carrying much treasure, into a large tunnel that descended into the inner earth.

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