The Subterranean Hypogeum
Ancient Shaman Civilization of Malta
In 1940, on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean, a group of elementary school children entered a hallowed prehistoric underground shaman temple called the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni with their teacher. Entering the lowest levels of the temple, the class passed a "burial" chamber on part of the lowest 3rd level never before explored, entering a vast maze like complex. Suddenly part of the passage collapsed, trapping the children and teacher in the underground city below.
Search parties were unable to search for the class due to the cave in. The parents of the children later claimed that they could hear the cries and pleas of their children under the ground in several places around the island for weeks until finally...they ended. After the terrible incident, the government of Malta officially closed off the underground passages permanently thereafter; all entrances into the mysterious underworld below Malta were barred with iron gates.
Locals affirm that the passages and maze of corridors beneath the island is so large and complex, that it is said, that in the recent past it was possible for one person to walk from one end of the island to the other without being above ground.
Evidently, a British Embassy worker, Miss Lois Jessup had explored the same burial chamber that the children had visited. She had squeezed past it into the underground city beyond only a few weeks earlier than the tragic event.
An Unusual Story in the Hypogeum of Malta
The Hypogeum hall
Jessup recounted that after leaving her three companions in the burial sepulcher close by, she entered into a large chamber, where a steep chasm dropped off into unending darkness below. Jessup held her candle higher up to peer down into the pit. Across that deep chasm, far below, she claims to have seen "twenty figures of giant stature emerging from an opening walking single file along a narrow path. They walked slowly in long strides, then stopped and seemed to gesture up to Jessup to leave the complex." A gust of wind blew out her candle when a draft blew through the narrow passage behind her, prompting one of friends to pull her back into the burial chamber.