Spider Gates Cemetery: The Eighth Gate to Hell?
Spider Gates is a beautiful, secluded, old Quaker cemetery in Leicester Massachusetts. Its actual name is Friends Cemetery, and is privately owned by the Worcester-Pleasant Street Friends Meeting. Graves date back as far as the 1700’s, with interments as recent as March 2000. Spider Gates is set back on its own private gated lane, Earle Street, about 800 feet from the main road. The wrought-iron gate has a spider web pattern – hence the name.
Spider Gates has a spooky reputation and there are many rumors about it, spread mostly via the internet. (For example: Spider Gates) For one thing, it is said to be the Eighth Gate to Hell – or conversely – it has Eight Gates and if you go through all eight of them, viola! You are in Hell! So, take your pick.
Other rumors are as follows: A teenage boy hung himself from a tree by the gate in the 1980’s. There is a strip of lawn where grass doesn’t grow. Something roars in the woods. There is a central raised area twenty feet by twenty feet called “the Altar.” Satanists have permission to use it. There is a second cemetery nearby that can only be found once. There is a cave nearby where a girl was killed and mutilated. There is a haunted house down a dirt road across from the gate. There is white stuff that oozes from the ground. It is haunted. Voices are heard and things rustle when there is no wind. The swamp is eerie. If you turn over the rocks in an area just outside the cemetery wall, you will find runes etched on them. And, there is that thing about Republicans holding midnight meetings among the stones… .
The Seven Gates of Hell
There are many stories about the gates to hell. Some say that all of the seven gates can be found in a wooded area of Hellam Township, Pennsylvania, and if you go through all of the gates, you will go straight to hell. Supposedly, a mental institution burned down in those woods in the 1800s, and all the patients died. The only thing that remained was the gate. In some versions of the myth, it is said that the gate disappears once you enter it, and then appears in a new place. This will happen seven times until you are finally in hell.
Other versions say that there is one gate placed of each of the seven continents: North and South America, Africa, Europa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica.
Here are the supposed locations for each gate:
Africa: In Egypt, under the the left paw of the Sphinx. It is also known as the gate to the underworld.
Asia: Near the Temple Mount in Israel. It is known as Satan’s front door. Some say that the gate was originally placed in Rome, but was moved to the Holy Land after it became a state in 1948. It took 2000 legions of demons and devils to move the gate, since it is the most powerful one.
Europe: The famous Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is the cemetery where the European gate is believed to be. This is the gate all politicians and heads of states must go through to be judged by the Devil before God.
South America: Not much is known about this gate, but it is thought to be in Rio, near the large statue of Jesus Christ.
North America: Near the tomb of the voodoo practitioner, Marie Laveau in Illinois. Some also believe that all the gates to hell are placed in Illinois.
Antarctica: Directly at the south pole.
Australia: Rookwood Cemetery, Greater Sydney.
Though these are the most popular locations for each gate, there are many people who will tell you differently. No one knows for sure where they exactly are. Some say that there are 13 gates, and that God sometimes uses them to get quick access to hell. Some people also believe that all the gates are in Pennsylvania. But who knows? They could be anywhere.
"Blessed is the person who has acquired within his soul the treasure of life, that is Christ,
who reveals himself in those who love him, for they are all riches of his.”
~John the Venerable
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