Jophar Vorin, The Man from Laxaria

Among the people who have claimed to come from lands not known to exist, the Man from Taured is certainly the most iconic case but it is not the only documented one.
The peculiar affair of Jophar Vorin has been mentioned in numerous European and American publications of the mid-19th century, including the famous periodical Year Book of Facts in Science and Art (1852) by writer John Timbs (also known under the pseudonym of Horace Welby).

According to the facts received in 1850, on the street of a small town in the district of Lebas, near Frankfurt, the local authorities found an unknown man who was wandering aimlessly along the beach with a confused and distressed look and, judging his behavior as suspicious, they decided to take him to the barracks.
During the interrogation he said that he was Jophar (Joseph) Vorin and that he came from a country called Laxaria, located in a Northern part of the world called Sakria.
Laxaria, which was hundreds of miles from Europe, was separated from the continent by vast oceans: Jophar was traveling in search of his missing brother when his ship was wrecked.
His alleged brother was an explorer and had been sent to what was to them the "New World", he claimed, pointing to Europe on the map.
While failing to explain or indicate on the maps what was the path taken to get there, he revealed that his race possessed considerable geographical knowledge and that he called the five five continents Sakria, Aflar, Astar, Auslar and Euplar.
The conformation and position of our lands was unknown to him: he said there were some continent missing and the alleged Sakria should have been in place of Greenland, compared to which it was much larger.
The man who, apart from a very rough Old German, knew no other European language, seemed of Caucasian origin, and was able to write in what he called Laxarian (idiom of the clerical order of Laxaria) and Abramian (vernacular idiom). His religion was the "Ispatian", which he associated with a Christian doctrine.

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.

Jophar Vorin, The Man from Laxaria-Parallele_Universes

Many think that the man from Laxaria is a mystery even today, suggesting that travel between parallel realities may be a real possibility and Vorin's tale is sometimes used, like the case of Lerina Garcia Gordo, as evidence for teleportation, parallel universes and alternate dimensions.

“If a coin comes down heads, that means that the possibility of its coming down tails has collapsed. Until that moment the two possibilities were equal.
But on another world, it does come down tails. And when that happens, the two worlds split apart.”

―Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

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