In Bulgaria’s Kardzhali Province, the Utroba Cave, often called Womb Cave, is a sacred ancient cave. The cave, which dates to the Thracian era, has the appearance of a human vulva. It was previously a fertility temple, according to historians.
The Cave’s Background History.
The cave, which dates to 480 BC, lies 20 kilometers from the city of Kardzhali and is close to the town of Ilinitsa. Because the entrance resembles a woman’s vulva, it is also known as “The Cave Womb” or “Womb Cave.” Locals refer to it as “Brarring Rock.” According to researchers, the cave’s original entrance was a narrow slit that was later expanded by people.
The cave’s entrance is 3 meters (9.8 feet) high and 2.50 meters (8.2 feet) broad, and inside the cave is a carved altar that stands 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) tall.
The cave and altar, according to archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov, were used by the Thracians. Ovcharov thinks the Thracians worshipped on it as a fertility shrine. The Thracians’ “cult” sites are typically found on mountaintops and contain running water. At the Utroba Cave, water is also continuously flowing; it travels from the cave to the slopes.
The cave’s ceiling has a hole through which sun light can enter the cave..
Every day at noon, the light forms a phallus shape but only once a year does it reach the altar. During specific times of the year, a phallic-shaped beam of light shines in the middle of the day all the way to the altar in the cave. The light enters the altar through a hole in the shape of a phallus in February or March and flickers for one to two minutes. It is believed that the piercing, flashing light represents fertilization.
There are still couples who are childless that visit the cave in the hopes that it would aid in conception.