The Hidden World around us!


Political Irish
Jan 31, 2016
We live in a wonderful planet that has such beauty , I was unaware of how little we know about our planet or how little is reported.

Below are just some of the facts I never knew, and id love to share them with you and see if you knew!

North Sentinel Island

North Sentinel Island exists in a stone age time warp. During the Age of Discovery as Europeans were exploring the world they regularly encountered indigenous islanders. All these populations were either befriended or defeated. In many cases the superior weapons of the European sailors lead to quick capitulation, but sometimes the islanders got the upper hand and killed the newcomers. However, in every case the new culture has been imposed on the traditional culture - except for just one island - North Sentinel in the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. The Sentinelese people have resisted all contact with outsiders and finally the Government of India has decided to leave them be.

The rest of the world knows next to nothing about the Sentinelese and they know even less about us. There is no population count. No one recognizes the language they speak. No one knows what they call themselves or how the society is structured. They are presumed not to have fire and they don't seem to farm, subsisting on fishing and forging. We do know they DO NOT want contact with outsiders. In 2006, Sentinelese archers killed two fishermen who were fishing illegally within range of the island and buried the bodies on the beach. The warriors (pictured) later drove off a Coast Guard helicopter with a hail of arrows.

While under nominal Indian control, the Indian government does not tax, count, or otherwise service the population and the islanders obviously do not recognize the Indian government. Effectively, the islander have never ceded sovereignty to anyone and are therefore independent.
No, you can't get permission to visit North Sentinel Island, period, and why should we even try to disturb this reclusive society?

Bouvet Island: Most Remote Island in the World

Bouvet Island (Norwegian: Bouvetøya) is an uninhabited Antarctic volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 2,525 km south-southwest of South Africa. It is a dependent territory of Norway and, lying north of 60°S latitude, is not subject to the Antarctic Treaty. It is the most remote island in the world from any population center.

Not a lot happens on this frozen inaccessible extinct volcano. No one has lived on the island for more then a month or so and tourism arrivals are almost non-existent. It's not likely that you will be granted permission to visit, as the whole island is a nature reserve and there are no facilities. Exceptions to the no visit policy might be made for legitimate research expeditions, but these are exceedingly rare.

It might be possible to land with a small boat on the small flater area (there is no harbor) but taking a helicopter off a ship is the safest way on to Bouvet Island. The small (58.5 km2) volcanic island rises sharply from the ocean, with cliffs up to 500 metres high. Almost all of the island is covered by a thick glacier, is considered inaccessible and has never been explored.

Sounds like the perfect place for a super secret evil lair, but chances are you are not going to be visiting Bouvet Island in your lifetime.

Mount Athos, Greece

You can visit Mount Athos, home to about 2000 Orthodox monks, if you are male and jump through the application process for a permit. If you are a woman though, entry is strictly forbidden, a situation that dates back over 1000 years. Limited entry permits are issued to non-Orthodox men, and children are also forbidden to stay over night.

Mount Athos is an amazing place with priceless treasures and amazing historic buildings and gardens. It exists within the Greek state but is effectively autonomous. They run on Byzantine time and fly the Byzantine flag.

Mount Kailash, Tibet

Mount Kailash or Mount Kailas is considered to be a sacred mountain in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32 mi) long.
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