Investigating the mystical loss of a new girl whom wandered into an underground tunnel and never came out—but lives on as an internet rumor.
Illustration by Penelope Gazin
The closest thing in actual life into the lethal labyrinth of King Minos—or, if you want, the main one from the film Labyrinth—is a network of tunnels beneath the town of Odessa, Ukraine. They’re the background for the tragic tale of Masha, a partygoer that is innocent ventured on to the depths with some buddies, took an incorrect change or two, and got lost forever.
But despite being passed away all over internet as reality, there clearly was small documents to offer the legend of Masha. Like many information about these catacombs, just Ukrainian cave explorers also claim to understand the important points.
Based on the 2009 forum post on Urban Explorer’s Resource (UER) by a catacombs explorer known as Eugene Lata, whom brought Masha’s tale into the English-speaking globe, the tale starts later on brand brand New 12 months’s time (or maybe New 12 months’s Eve) in 2005. It had been a night that is foggy temperatures hovering around freezing. Masha sought out with a big number of friends to commemorate and most likely get drunk. It isn’t understood should they had been previous pupils of Odessa’s School quantity 56, but relating to sources towards the tale in Russian news, this is where they discovered the entry into the mines.
Obviously, this is an idea that is bad. The only Ukrainians whom have official company down there are employees in active mines whom nevertheless dig for limestone. Nonetheless, who hasn’t stopped lots of people from making the exact same journey Masha apparently made. (more…)