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Hy-Brasil: The Real Mysterious Island

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Hy-Brasil: The Real Mysterious Island
Legends of lost and mysterious islands have circulated since man first took to the seas.

Stories of advanced civilizations, magicians, and Eden-like paradises have been told and re-told by sailors. Some of these sailors claim to have seen and even gone to shore on these magical islands.

However, over time these legends have been proved to be false, or the evidence of their existence is so circumstantial that it is nearly impossible to prove those legends true.

The most famous of these legendary islands is, of course, Atlantis. The existence of Atlantis is hotly debated, and people continue to search for proof that it was real.

However, there is another such island, though much lesser-known, called Hy-Brasil.

The Legend of Hy-Brasil

One of the earliest known reference of the island stems from Irish myths. Supposedly the island was roughly 200 miles off of the coast of Ireland in the Atlantic Ocean.

It was said to be shrouded in mist, making it invisible to passing sailors. The mist lifts for only one day every seven years.

From there, the legends expound in every direction. In some renditions of the legend, the island is the home of the Gods of Irish lore. In other retellings, Hy-Brasil is inhabited not by gods, but rather by priests or monks.

These monks were rumored to hold a vast and ancient knowledge which allowed them to create an advanced civilization where the inhabitants led a luxurious and near effortless way of life.

No matter which version of the ancient Hy-Brasil story is retold, the two main components that remain the same are the rough location and the element that it was a paradise.

More recently, many individuals have associated the Hy-Brasil legend with Ufology. Some UFO researchers contend that the island was not the home of Celtic gods, but instead an alien outpost.

These researchers point to the Celtic god Lugh as an example.

Lugh was the Celtic god of war who carried a magic spear capable of creating lightening. UFO researchers believe that Lugh was actually an alien general who possessed a laser or some other type of “death ray.”

They cite several ancient ruins that appeared to have been subject to large concentrated amount of heat. The heat, supposedly, was enough to turn the stone into glass.

Furthermore, claims have been made that aliens have contacted individuals and gave them the coordinates to Hy-Brasil in the form of binary code. Though the idea of an alien outpost in the Atlantic Ocean is pretty tough to swallow, these more recent UFO/Alien additions to the Hy-Brasil legend have propelled it into pop culture.

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The Facts about Hy-Brasil

Actual facts about the mysterious island are far and few in between.

The earliest known reference of Hy-Brasil on any map is 1325. From then on, some maps included the island, while others chose not to include it.

As attempts to find the island failed, map-makers started to leave it off most nautical charts. By 1865, it was rarely found on any map at all.

The two locations mostly associated with Hy-Brasil are the Azores and Porcupine Bank. When it comes to mysterious islands in the Atlantic, the Azores is a common “go to” location for origins.

Atlantis researchers commonly point to the Azores as the origin of the Atlantis Legend. The Azores is highly unlikely to be the origin of the Hy-Brasil legend though, due to the fact that the archipelago is well outside of the 200 mile range of Ireland.

A more likely location is an area of the Irish shelf roughly 120 miles west of Ireland known as Porcupine Shoal. The location is currently a flourishing coral reef. However, to date no archaeological evidence has been found that places the reef above seawater, or any signs that civilization had existed there.

Even though, Atlantis is far more famous, whether it existed or not. However, Hy-Brasil is better documented, and has had more eyewitness accounts; giving this mysterious island a hint of plausibility.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Mythical Ireland
(2) Basement Geographer

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  • Agentses

    omg i m on the island fr reals no lie help!

  • Olaf K. Berthelsen

    The last documented sighting of Hy-Brasil was in 1872, when author T. J. Westropp and several companions saw the island appear and then vanish. This was Mr. Westropp’s third view of Hy-Brasil, but on this voyage he had brought his mother and some friends to verify the existence of Hy-Brasil.

  • Maddie Busch

    so is hy-baisil real or not?

  • JB222

    Hy Brasil is real but its description as an island is simply the way our ancestors were able to describe this place that periodically appeared in the ocean. It was a mass in the ocean with inhabitants hence it was described as an island. It is in fact a vehicle that transports our true ancestors through portals under the ocean. These appearances sometimes cause cataclysmic events eg tidal waves and earth quakes. The mist that shrouds the “island” is created by the heat if the vehicle in the ocean. It is not the only location where this occurs. It also happens in other parts of the world.

    How do I know this? During a session of regression therapy where I was placed under hypnosis. I saw all of this. Before that session I had never heard of this phenomenon. I was simply instructed to travel back in time to my earliest existence on Earth. All my life I have felt a deep connection to unicorns with an ardent belief that they are real … they exist on Hy Brasil.

    I know many will dismiss me as being fanciful and crazy but I am confident enough in myself to share my experience.

  • Fabricio Azevedo

    I know the real problem !!! All inhabitants of Hy-Brasil went south to creat the “Brazilian Carnaval”…

  • Anonymous

    Native Americans told Euro intruders about rich places (like the Golden Cities of Cibola) that were just over the horizon — most likely to persuade said intruders to keep going yonder, don’t let the door hit your butts on your way out, etc. Some tales of lost islands may have served a similar purpose, to entice the nosy and noisome to sail away. Don’t mind the kraken, now.

  • Nebtoe

    Thats crazy, I wish I could fully believe this but the unicorn part sounds like your personal fantasy.. I watched a documentary where an American guy wrote down the coordinates of Hy Brasil in binary, very fascinating.. I believe gods could be aliens if they are real…

  • Nebtoe

    Thats crazy, I wish I could fully believe this but the unicorn part sounds like your personal fantasy.. I watched a documentary where an American guy wrote down the coordinates of Hy Brasil in binary, very fascinating.. I believe gods could be aliens if they are real…

  • Masonic Lodge

    Yep its real, however it was really Etos’s private island, it was used to transport homosexuals, to “Canary Fairy” Islands as in the mid 1700,s the Anumaki had just developed the gene therapy to curb aggression in there male human workers, as crazy as it seems it was the truth

  • Midnight

    I am writing a book about an island, its details come to me, its co-ordinates come to me, the people and creatures come to me, I don’t know why and to be honest its freaky how this information comes to my head but on researching it the co-ordinates work out to be hybrasil, I’m not a writer but have this info in my head that needs to get out so I can believe you I just don’t understand myself and the more research on the info I have the more freaked out I am becoming on how I know this stuff … weird

  • jitterbugparfoomay

    dude. that is the most creatively odd suggestion so far to solve the riddle of hybrasil. I gotta give u credit for your imagination. Who is Etos? a relative of Anki or his annunaki brother Enkil or whatever his name was? where do u come up with this stuff?

  • jitterbugparfoomay

    now THAT is interesting… !

  • j f

    thank you for sharing your experience. your assertions regarding hy-brasil have as much (or more) validity than any other.

  • j f

    would like to hear more about your experience 😉

  • ElHombre

    Does anyone know of any reliable books on Hy Brasil? Non-fiction.

  • ElHombre

    Is this from a book, Sitchin, perhaps? Would like to read about it.

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