Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Siberia | More Holes

The Hole Story refuses to die:
One of the most remote areas in the world seems to be slowly turning into something resembling a slice of Swiss cheese. Two new huge holes have been discovered in a Siberian region nicknamed "the end of the world," reports the Siberian Times. . . At the larger of the two, "there is also ground outside, as if it was thrown as a result of an underground explosion," says a regional lawmaker who inspected the site from a helicopter. "It is not like this is the work of men, but [it] also doesn't look like a natural formation," says one of the Russian experts puzzling over the phenomenon.
Could it be that the The King of the World in Agharti is behind all these new openings to Inner Earth? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Turkey | Nusaybin | Church of St. Jacob | School of Nisibis

The largely Kurdish city of Nusaybin is located twenty-four miles south of Midyat, on the southern edge of the mountainous plateau known as Tur Abdin, which is Syriac for “The Mountain of the Servants of God”. It is right on the Turkish-Syrian border. Just across the border is the Syrian city of Qamishli. 
The city of Nusaybin in Turkey, top, and the Syrian city of Qamishli, bottom (the border is shown in yellow). The two cities are separated by a No-Man’s Land (click on photos for enlargements). 
The No-Man’s Land separating Nusaybin and Qamishli
We stopped for tea on a square facing the main border crossing between the two cities. According to locals this square would usually be jammed with day-traders coming over from Qamishli to buy and sell goods. The crossing is now closed because of the civil war in Syria and the cafes lining the square host only old men nodding over cups of coffee. Reportedly the city of Al Hasakah forty-five miles to the southwest is now at least partially controlled by ISIS jihadists and thus nominally a part of the Newly-Declared Caliphate. How this will affect Nusaybin in the future is unclear.

Nusaybin is the modern Turkish name of the city. During Roman and Byzantine times the city was known as Nisibis. I was in town to visit the Church of St. Jacob and ruins of the old School of Nisibis, which local boosters and Others try to claim was the world’s first university. It might well have been the first university in what is now Turkey. It was founded by St. Jacob in the first half of the fourth century A.D. Jacob (d. 338) had been appointed bishop of the Christian community of Nisibis in 309. In addition to founding the university, he also, according to local sources, built the church which still stands near the ruins of the School of Nisibis. Jacob was one of the signatories at the First Council of Nicaea in 325. If you are a Christian and attend Christian services you will probably at some point repeat at least part of the Nicene Creed, which was formulated at the First Council of Nicaea. St. Jacob was also the first Christian to search for Noah’s Ark. He claimed he found a piece of the Ark on Mt. Judi, about seventy miles north of Nisibis. What eventually happened to this alleged relic is unknown. 
Church of St. Jacob
Church of St. Jacob
Painting of St. Jacob in the Church
Altar in the church 
This may have been a baptismal font
Interior of the church
Interior of the church
Interior of the church
Interior of the church
Coffin of Saint Jacob (d. 338) of Nisibis in the catacombs under the church
Locals claim these are the ruins of buildings which once hosted the School of Nisibis. I have not been able to confirm this independently. 
Nusaybin also is famous for its coffee. Many of the coffees are blended with various spices, the most popular being cardamom. It is ground extremely fine for Coffee Prepared Turkish-Style.
Kurdish coffee sellers in Nusaybin. 
My companions went off to visit relatives in Nusaybin and I wandered through the market by myself. Since I was obviously a tourist the coffee dealers brewed me up some free samples of coffee brewed Turkish-style. Neither of them spoke English and I of course spoke no Kurdish, but coffee serves as a universal language. 
I ended up buying a kilo of the Agit Beyin blend shown above, left, which was flavored with cardamom and I believe cinnamon. I should have bought four or five kilos, since it later proved to be a huge hit even among people in Ulaanbaatar who are not usually big coffee drinkers.

Turkmenistan | Siberia | Big Holes

Big Holes are in the News. And I am not talking about Courtney Love, although Lisa Lampanelli is. I mean the Darwaza Crater in Turkmenistan, which I visited in the Spring of 2013. 
Darwaza Crater
Now National Geographic has sponsored a Descent Into the Crater. The stunt is going to be shown on National Geographic Channel tonight (if you live on the East Coast of the U.S.A) at 10 p.m. EDT. 

On top of this comes news that a Huge Crater Has Opened Up in Siberia.
According to the Siberian Times, a scientific team from Russia's Center for the Study of the Arctic and the Cyrosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences has been sent to investigate the crater and is expected to arrive on Wednesday. Helicopters spotted the astronomic hole over the gas-rich Yamal peninsula, but its depth is unknown. There are a number of claims as to how the crater appeared, but nothing is known for sure, and probably won't be known for a little while. Speculated causes include global warming, meteorites, a sinkhole caused by collapsing rock, a gas explosion, and UFOs. Although it was only discovered last week, it's believed that the hole has existed for over two years, which is likely to make the diagnosis process more difficult. Surrounding the crater are what appears to be rocks and pieces of the Earth that exploded from within it. Right now a number of signs point to the crater appearing as a result of a gas explosion.
See Video of the Siberian Crater.

I am sticking with my theory that these craters are openings to Agharti (also spelled Agharta), the underground Kingdom described by Marquis Alexandre Saint-Yves d’Alveydre and Ferdinand Ossendowski. The King of Agharti is reportedly none too pleased by recent events on the surface of the earth and is planning a breakout soon. See the King of Agharti’s Predictions. It is not going to be pretty.