More to the point, there are a few stories about how this particular valley in the Levant got its name. There was, supposedly, a cult that
used to hold sacrifices in that area (including, occasionaly, their
own children), ond at one point it might have been a burning heap a trash (a biblical
incinerator, perhaps). Its demonic and firey connotations earned its epithet of "the valley of
the shadow of death" as well as its metaphoric usage in
religious literature as the opening or path to Gehennah or Hell.
Perhaps most famously mentioned in Psalm 23: "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me."
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