He explained, or so the story goes, that he had cast a spell on the island to prevent it from being seen by ordinary eyes — but the spell had somehow been broken. He gifted them gold and silver, and sent them on their way.
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Others have told similar tales, alluding to a hidden advanced civilization, with amazing technology and a more evolved population. Could this be the location of Hy-Brasil? It does correlate with some of the maps on which it appears.
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Could these phantom islands actually be alien HQs? Strangely enough, the legend of Shambhala also tells of a golden city hidden in an ethereal plane , where the King of the World sits on his golden throne. Is Hy-Brasil still out there?
Hy-Brasil, the Hidden Island of Giant Magical Rabbits
No documented sightings have occurred since the last in , and although researchers have found areas of land that may have once been mistaken for an island, it does not seem to exist. Not in any way we can see, that is. If it does, however, appear once every seven years, then that means it should have appeared in a fantastic date for a doomsday, if you ask me and will again appear in So if you happen to find yourself on the west coast of Ireland in three years, keep your eyes open.
You may be surprised.
Subscribe to receive posts from Stranger Dimensions by email. Rob is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids. Why would that be? The name of Hy-Brasil may come from the Middle Ages term brazil, which seems to indicate a source of rare red dye.
The legend of Hy Brasil: a mythical island off the coast of Ireland
The dye may have acquired its name from the legendary island, or vice versa. Or, the name Hy-Brasil, also called the Fortunate Island, may originate with the old Irish word, breas, meaning noble or fortunate. In folklore, this island country takes its name from Breasal, the High King of the World, in Celtic history. He was not St. Breasal, although pre-Christian folklore may be the foundation for that saint's legends. Hy-Brasil was noted on maps as early as , when Genoese cartographer Dalorto placed the island west of Ireland.
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On successive sailing charts, it appears southwest of Galway Bay. After , Hy-Brasil appears on few maps since its location could not be verified. Regardless of the name or location, the island's history is consistent: It is the home of a wealthy and highly advanced civilization.
Those who visited the island returned with tales of gold-roofed towers and domes, healthy cattle, and opulent citizens. The lore of Hy-Brasil is equally fascinating. For example, it is shrouded in fog or perhaps beneath the ocean, and appears only briefly, once every seven years. The island has been visited by many people for centuries.