Described as “the dwelling of the jinn”, an Omani team reveals to CNN the mystery about the legend of “Bir Barhout” in Yemen

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – There is no doubt that legends are a source of attraction for adventurers and explorers, prompting an Omani team to embark on a daring experience of a gigantic hole in Yemen, which no one has ever been before.

This mysterious hole in Al-Mahra Governorate in Yemen, which has been described as the alleged “Barhut Well”, is of great interest to the Omani cave exploration team, as many stories and legends have been raised around it for centuries.

Inside the crater Khosvit Fugit, or the so-called Barhut well Credit: @OCET_Oman

Speaking to CNN in Arabic, Nabil Salam, a member of the Omani team to explore the caves, said that the exploration of the alleged “Barhut Well”, which is shrouded in mystery and legends, was a dream for the team, which was delayed by the unstable political situation in the region, in addition to the conditions of the Corona virus pandemic.

Salam added: “The dream came true through the efforts of the team and local authorities in Al-Mahra Governorate in Yemen,” explaining that the alleged well of Barhout is located approximately 92 kilometers from the Omani state of Al-Mazyouna, and it is on the road between the Shahn Directorate and the village of Fujit in the Yemeni Governorate of Al-Mahra.

The alleged well of Barhout
One of the waterfalls inside the alleged well of BarhoutCredit: @OCET_Oman

With the aim of embarking on this adventure, Salam explained that coordination with the competent authorities in Yemen required planning to explore the alleged well. As for the equipment, the team had prepared a lot of equipment in case of any surprises, but the surprise that the team did not expect was that the well does not need much of this equipment.

Among the legends associated with “Bir Barhout”, Salam indicated that it is said to be a “dwelling of the jinn and include mythical predatory animals, and many other myths.”

The alleged well of Barhout
The crater is located in the Al-Mahra Governorate in the eastern part of Yemen, 33 kilometers from the Omani borderCredit: @OCET_Oman

And according to what the Omani Geological Society stated through its account on the “Instagram” website, there are many narrations that have been associated with the Barhut Well, among which are “it is said that it contains the souls of infidels, that it contains the worst water, and that the water in it is black, and it is said that it is the most hated part of the earth.” It was said that whenever one of the chief infidels of Makkah died, a scream was heard in this pit.

The Omani Geological Society confirmed that this hole is undoubtedly not the Barhut Well, contrary to legends and stories, as its waters are fresh, and the Omani team did not hear any sounds during the exploration process and did not see any predators, or what is out of the ordinary.

On the reasons that made people claim that it is the well of Barhout, the association indicated that the geographical scope of Hadhramaut changes with the passage of time, as it was in the time of the prophecy different from now, stressing that this hole, and its name is the “Khusfit Fugit” hole, is not the one mentioned in the prophetic descriptions. And it was claimed that it was before the Omani team explored it, as all guidebooks indicate the same thing.

As for what the team found inside the “Khusvit Fugit” pit, or what is known as the alleged Barhut well, Salam points out that it includes calcareous formations, which are known as “cave pearls”, due to their external shape that resembles pearls, and a different group of creatures live in them. Live birds such as pigeons, raptors, as well as snakes, frogs, and many insects such as beetles.

The alleged well of Barhout
Credit: @OCET_Oman

Salam pointed out that the hole includes 4 waterfalls, and the water seeps into a small hole 4 meters deep, and then narrows so that no access can be made to it.

According to what the “Oman Cave Exploration Team” said on its Twitter account, the alleged Barhout Well “contains a variety of cave deposits, and some stalagmites and stalactites in the hole are more than 9 meters long.”

As for the challenges that the team faced during the exploration process, Salam explained that “there were no challenges other than that the edges of the hole were sharp, and the team had to prepare the ropes so that they would not rub against those edges.”

Salam described the experience as “exciting because of the controversy and the great media uproar it caused. As for the place, it is considered one of the beautiful tourist places full of adventure, and the residents of the region are known for their generosity and gentleness of manners.”

According to the Geological Society of Oman, this crater is a type of dissolution crater, as the upper layer of the crater is characterized by the Habishiyah Formation, a formation dating back to modern times consisting of limestone and a limestone mudstone base.

The width of the pit is 30 meters at the top and remains at this width until a depth of 65 meters, then suddenly widens, to become the hole at a length of 116 meters until it reaches a depth of 112 meters.



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