In Search of Five Fabled Islands

Published on  #FolkloreThursday.com under the title Five Legendary Islands in Folklore by zteve t evans

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Theatrum Orbis Terrarum – By Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) – Public Domain

Five Fabled Islands

Hy-Brasil, Buyan, Saint Brendan’s Isle, the Island of Antillia, and the Isle of Avalon are five fabled islands that were once believed to have existed by many people through the ages.  All had their own magical qualities and characteristics that were given to them by the human culture they appeared in. 

From the elusive island of Hy Brasil, King Breasal had a safe place to rule the world ensuring the natural order was kept. The Slavic people gave Buyan magical qualities to keep safe important concepts such as the Alytar and the Sacred Oak Tree and it was safe enough for Koschei the Deathless to keep his soul there.
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St Brendan’s Voyage – By Unknown mediaeval scribe. (University of Augsburg, Germany (image)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

For Saint Brendan, although he found many islands,  the Land of Promise,  which he really sought may have been more of a goal of spiritual attainment. The seven Visigoth bishops found a distant island where a way of life they believed in and cherished could continue untroubled and in safety out of reach of their enemy.  The Isle of Avalon holds a special place in the mythology of the British Isles as the place where their King awaits the call to return and save his people. Of course, there are many other ideas concerning these mythical places, but what really matters is what each person makes – or is made, from these five islands of fable.
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2 thoughts on “In Search of Five Fabled Islands

  1. Wow, such great legends of the islands. It really does make me wonder about history, fact, and fiction.. they may intertwine here! This part “Another legend tells how passing ships have seen the island but when it is approached it vanishes” intrigued me! Great to see over at the other site ~ congrats!

    • Hi Christy, Yes, I also think they intertwine in places and I guess when you think about it those early sailors had no Sat Navs in fact no maps at all, because none had been made and they sailed thousands of miles from home with no communications at all boldly going where no one had been before, like Star Trek. Yes and thanks I have a regular monthly spot on the Folklore Thursday website which I am enjoying greatly. Thanks for all you kind comments which are greatly appreciated!

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