Jophar Vorin – The Man from Mysterious Laxaria

In 1851 a man calling himself Jophar Vorin (Joseph Vorin) was found wandering in the German village of Frankfurt-an-der Oder, along with speaking broken German, the traveller spoke and wrote in unknown languages he called “Laxarian” and “Abramian.”

He represented that he was from “Laxaria” in an area of the globe called “Sakria”, separated from Europe by a vast ocean. This baffled the authorities because neither of the places existed anywhere on their map of the world!

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He says that his religion is Christian in form and doctrine, and that it is called Ispatian. Laxaria he represents to be many hundred miles from Europe, and separated vast oceans from it.

His purpose in coming to Europe, he alleges, was to seek a long-lost brother; but he suffered shipwreck on the voyage—where he does not know—nor can he trace his route on shore on any map or globe.

He claims for his unknown race a considerable share of geographical knowledge. The five great compartments (continents) of the earth he calls Sakria, Aflar, Astar, Auslar, and Euplar.

Scholars from Frankfurt concluded that the man was not crazy and his story was considered plausible, so they sent him to Berlin to be subjected to further studies and research but during the trip, in the grip of a sort of hysterical fit, he threw himself out of the carriage and disappeared into the surrounding woods.

Despite long and careful searches of the man, no trace was found: he seemed to have disappeared as mysteriously as he had arrived.

Inspector Liabeuf charged with accompanying him to Berlin put forward the hypothesis that the man could be “a being from another world” and that he had returned from where he came.

Whoever he was, Vorin’s tale is sometimes used as evidence for teleportation, parallel universes and suchlike.

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