HOMEOWNERS have shared the horrifying discovery they made after pulling up the carpets in their new house.
Carved across the wooden floor inside one of the bedrooms is a pentagram – a five-pointed star inside a circle.
The spooky find was posted to Reddit's popular Oddly Terrifying thread and was overwhelmed was responses from concerned viewers.
The original poster wrote: "Pulled up the carpets in newly purchased house to find this."
The symbol can have a range of different meanings, depending on a person's beliefs, their religion and the type of star.
Some believe the inverted pentacle in a circle is the Satanic pentagram used perform black magic or call upon demons.
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The thread was jammed with superstitious theories and light-hearted jokes about the presence of the unknown.
One person said: "Dang demons living rent free."
Another said: "Top 10 pranks you could do before you move out."
Someone else warned the couple the image was a protective sigil – a type of symbol used in magic – which traps and wards off evil entities and negative energy.
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They said: "It is likely the previous owners of the house (or before them for that matter) knew there was something in the house.
"Removing this would be a mistake. If you do remove it, you should replace it in some way. But do whatever you want – previous owners may have done this as a “joke” without knowing the meaning behind the sigil, and so it may not have been placed there intentionally as there is something in the house."
In a update, the original poster said they had organised sanders to go to the house and take care of it.
They continued: "We’re just going to ignore the smell coming from under the floorboards."
Someone joked: "That's a sign the house is meant to be a rental property."
Another said: "Aww, that was quite the neat pentagram too. I would have just put a single chair with a ventriloquist doll sitting on it in the middle. Keep the visitors guessing."
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One person suspected it could be some tradies playing a very long-winded practical joke.
They said: "I laid tile for a couple years after high school, we used to do s**t like this under the tile just to fuck with whoever pulled it up in the future."
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