Stories and legends abound about Bir Barhout in the desert of Al-Mahra Governorate, in eastern Yemen, and people believe that it is inhabited by jinn.
It is believed that the depth of the giant crater ranges between 100 and 250 meters, and the diameter of its crater is about 30 meters, and it is known for an unpleasant smell emerging from its depths, according to “AFP”.
The Yemeni authorities do not know what is at the bottom of the well. The Director of the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Authority, Salah Babhair, told AFP that the authority was unable to reach a depth of more than 50 meters inside the well, due to the lack of oxygen.
He added: “We noticed inside it things and strange smells that we did not know what it was,” describing the situation there as “strange.”
The sun’s light does not reach the bottom of the hole, and from the edge of it, only some birds can be seen.
The majority of residents fear approaching the well because of the legends surrounding it, as they call it “the bottom of Hell”.
Over the centuries, many have transmitted stories indicating the presence of jinn in them, and it was believed that they pose a danger above the earth, and may swallow everything that comes close to them.
Many people even avoid talking about this mysterious crater for fear of harming them.
“Of course, it is required to study these areas, research and investigate them, and reach the depths of the well,” whose age is estimated at “millions and millions of years,” he explained.