The 2008 movie ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ made many people, especially children, want to explore what lies beneath the surface. Even though it is said to be molten metal rising near the temperature of the Sun, it is interesting to think about other possibilities; something more, something that you have never seen before, or even something which has existed but is no longer here today.
Edmund Halley- a scientist from the 17th century, strongly believed that underneath the outermost crust (which is where we live today), lies rings which separate planet earth. So if the planet were to be cut in half, it would look like a dartboard. This idea originated when he stood by the poles and his compass had irregular activities, claiming that what was messing with the Earth’s magnetism were inner worlds. In the 1800’s a soldier named John Cleves Symmes Jr stated that there were several entrances to these worlds and that the planet contained “…a number of solid concentric spheres […] that it is open at the poles 12 or 16 degrees.”. He even pledged his life to support his claims and confidently stated that he was ready to explore such layers.
Such theory has also been mentioned in Tibetan Buddhist belief, where it is said that the inner Earth is home to the Shamballa, an ancient city, where the final reincarnation of Vishnu was born.
Up to the 20th century, this theory lost its fiction popularity and became part of the science community. It is believed that these layers having multiple environments, some different than ours which are home to various other species; some even said to be aliens. The hollow-earth-theorists mention that these civilizations have achieved much greater goals than we have, with utopias, and a much superior power.
In a book called ‘Our Living Hollow Earth’, author Rodney Cluff writes about a religious point of view regarding this. He implies that the Lost tribes of Israel, which are 10 of the 12 Hebrew tribes led by Joshua, were led inside and that is where heaven and hell are located.
In an interview with VICE, the author said that he believes that there is another Sun in the center of our world, and that people inhabit the core. He also disclosed that Germans were people who lived in the hollow Earth.
Now, you may be asking; has anyone been or tried to enter an inner layer? Well, the same author of ‘Our Living Hollow Earth’ said that the most memorable of them all was a German U-Boat operator who flew his plane into one of these "openings."
You can access a website which contains an itinerary for a trip organized by Steve Currey, who was planning an expedition to the polar gaps in 2007. But due to his passing, the website was shut down and further trips were cancelled. The web page is still accessible. Parts of the itinerary even include taking a monorail trip to the City of Eden to visit the palace of the King of the Inner World.
Contrary evidence gives many scientific arguments such as that the Earth would not be able to support itself if it was actually hollow since large objects tend to clump together gravitationally. It is also said that due to its size, earth’s mass would be much lower, meaning that there would be less gravity.
Many people have chosen to believe these theories, for it makes life a whole lot more riveting when you know there are undiscovered adventures in real life. Ancient civilizations living under us is also much more enthralling than sulfur and nickel at 7,000 degrees Celsius.