“travelers had to survive passing rivers of scorpions, blood, and pus, then enchanted crossroads that gave misleading directions towards deadly traps.” –National Geographic, Essential Visual History of World Mythology
Xibalba, “Place of Fear” ruled by the death gods in Mayan Mythology. This underworld kingdom of the dead, was thought to be reached only by extreme difficulty through the mortal world.
This is the skeleton of a girl thought to be used for human sacrifice in efforts to please the 12 demons known as the “Lords of Xibalba”, found in the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize.
It was believed that anyone who died during childbirth, from suicide or human sacrifice would go straight to the gods in heaven and evade having to spend any time in Xibalba before reaching heaven.
For a cool story on this location, check out Everywhere Once’s Hell’s Tale of an Empire’s Fall
As always your experience, suggestions and questions are enjoyed. Happy fairytale travels!