At the western entrance to Jerusalem, among the forests of the Ramot neighborhood in Arazim Park, rises a 30-foot-high American flag made of bronze. Dedicated in November, 2009, this memorial to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks is the first memorial outside of New York to list the names of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on that day, along with their countries of origin. There are nearly 100 countries represented among the victims, including five Israeli citizens.
Hellam Township in York, Pennsylvania is one of many places in the world where there is said to be an entrance to hell. The legend, called the Seven Gates of Hell, features a series of gates, or portals, that when gone through reveal the entrance to hell.
There are two popular versions of the urban legend. One involves an insane asylum that caught fire, allowing inmates to escape where many of them became trapped inside the gates, which they still haunt today. The other involves a mad local doctor who owned the land on which the gates are supposedly built on, and it was he that built the gates.
There was never an asylum in the area it was claimed to be, and the doctor, though a real person, only built one gate to keep trespassers out. The area receives a lot of trespassers today, people hoping to find the famed entrance to hell.
The gates of hell are various places on the surface of the world that have acquired a legendary reputation for being entrances to the underworld. Often they are found in regions of unusual geological activity, particularly volcanic areas, or sometimes at lakes, caves or mountains.
Legends from both ancient Greece and Rome record stories of mortals who entered or were abducted into the netherworld through such gates. Aeneas visited the underworld, entering through a cave at the edge of Lake Avernus on the Bay of Naples. Hercules entered the Underworld from this same spot.
In the middle of the Roman Forum is another entrance, Lacus Curtius, where according to legend, a Roman soldier, named Curtius, bravely rode his horse into the entrance in a successful effort to close it, although both he and his horse perished in the deed.
Lerna lake was one of the entrances to the Underworld.
Odysseus visited the Underworld, entering through river Acheron in northwest Greece.
Orpheus traveled to the Greek underworld in search of Eurydice by entering a cave at Taenarum or Cape Tenaron on the southern tip of the Peloponnese.
Pluto’s Gate, Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin, in modern-day Turkey unearthed by Italian archaeologists is said to be the entry gate to the Underworld; it is linked to theGreco-Roman mythology and tradition.
Rivers Cocytus, Lethe, Phlegethon and Styx were also entrances to the Underworld.
The god Hades kidnapped the goddess Persephone from a field in Sicily and led her to the Underworld through a cleft in the earth so he could marry her.
Into the medieval period, Mount Etna on Sicily was considered to be an entryway to hell.
The gates of hell were commonly depicted as jaws, forming the Hellmouth, which was simultaneously the entrance to hell and the mouth of a huge monster.
n China, Fengdu has a long history in the Taoist tradition of being a portal to hell.
Hellam Township near York, Pennsylvania, is the subject of a modern urban legend claiming that it contains the Seven Gates of Hell.
In Derweze, Turkmenistan a burning natural gas fire in the middle of the Karakum Desert is known as the Door to Hell.
Mount Osore in northern Japan is said to be an entrance to hell.
On the north western-most army outpost in India, during the India Chinese war in 1962, the snow covered Murgo (“the gateway of death” in Yarkandi, Uyghur) where Chinese army advance stopped is called the Gate of Hell by the Yarkandi tribal people who cross Karakoram Pass with their caravans.
The gates of hell are various locations on surfaces around the world which have a legend and reputation as being an entrance to the underworld.
Legends from both Greece and Rome tell stories of mortals who entered or were abducted into the netherworld through such gates.
The Gate to Hell in Egypt is located under the left paw of the great Sphinx.
The Gate of Hell in Asia is located near the Great Temple Mount in Israel. The gate is called Satan’s Front Door. Some scholars argue that the door once came from Rome and was moved to the Holy land when Israel Became a State on 14th May 1948. It is was believed it took 2000 legions of demons to move the great gate because it is the most powerful and strongest doors that Satan has for gaining souls.
The Gate to Hell located in Europe is thought to be in Pere Lachaise Paris Cemetery, Paris. It is said to be a grand gate with very notable significance. This gate is said to be the one that all great heads of state must enter through when they die. And through this gate world leaders must be judged by the Devil first, and then God.
The North American Gate is Located at or near the Tomb Of the Great Voodoo – Hoodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.
The Gate in Australia is said to be located in the Rookwood Cemetery, Greater Sydney.
Legends and Lore of Illinois Vol. 3 Issue 1 tells that Lebanon Road is home to the “7 Gates to Hell,” seven railroad bridges (guarded by ‘hell hounds’) that allegedly lead to the underworld. Nighttime interlopers along Lebanon Road have woven a tale that a portal to Hell can be unlocked by passing through all seven bridges by midnight.
Located in the middle of the Roman Forum is another entrance, Latus Curtius, where according to a medieval legend, a Roman soldier, named Curtius, bravely rode his horse into the entrance in a successful effort to close it, although both he and his horse perished in the deed.
Into the medieval period Mount Etna on Sicily was considered to be an entryway to hell, and during this period Icelanders believed their own Mount Hekla was also a gateway. The most famous of medieval gateways, however, was St Patrick’s Purgatory in Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland.
In China, Fengdu has a long history in the Taoist tradition of being a portal to hell.
Hellam township near York, Pennsylvania, has the problematic reputation of being the home of the Seven Gates of Hell.
The Seven Gates of Hell
There are two popular versions of the myth, with numerous variants of each. One states that a mental institution used to be located on either Toad Road or Trout Run Road, depending on the source, in Hellam Township, Pennsylvania. It was set in a remote location so as to isolate people deemed insane from the rest of the world. One day in the 1800s, a fire broke out and, due to its remoteness, firefighters could not reach the hospital in time to save it. Many patients died in the flames, while others escaped and were soon beaten to death.
The gates’ role in the story is disputed. Some say that the gates were put up by the local search party to trap the remaining inmates. Others say that, completely unrelated to the asylum story, an eccentric physician who lived on the property built several gates along a path deep into the forest. Both accounts agree on only one gate being visible during the day, but the other six can be seen at night. According to the legend, no one has ever passed the fifth gate, but if they passed all seven, they would go directly to hell.
Another story about the gates of hell is of a man in the 1950s who murdered his wife and children with a shot gun and impaled their corpses on the spikes of one of the gates. Before the house was torn down, bullet holes were visible in the garage door and in the wall on the side of the house where the garage door was located.
I will not contribute my name, my work or my character to an utterly indefensible cause. No sensible adult demands moral purity from a political party, but conscience is meaningless without constraints. A party willing to lend its collective capital to Donald Trump has entered a compromise beyond any credible threshold of legitimacy. There is no redemption in being one of the “good Nazis.”
I hereby resign my position as a York Township Republican committeeman. My 30-year tenure as a Republican is over.