The Man From Laxaria

In September of 1850, a mysterious stranger was found wandering around in a small village district of Lebas, near Frankfurt, Germany. Where he had come from, no one could identify, but he was speaking imperfect German and was brought in by the authorities who were curious about who he was or why he was so lost.

When he was questioned by the chief magistrate, the man said his name was Jophar Vorin and he claimed to have come from a country called Laxaria, situated In a portion of the world called Sakria. He said that Laxaria was many hundreds of miles away and was separated by vast oceans from the land upon which he currently stood (Europe). He followed up by describing five great areas of the earth, possibly continents, that he named as Sakria, Aflar, Astar, Auslar, and Euplar.

Vorin did not appear to be able to speak or recognize any of the European languages, save for broken German, but he claimed to read and write what he called the Laxarian and Abramian tongues. The Abramian language he declared to be the written language of the clerical order in Laxaria, and the other the common language of his people. After further questioning, he said his religion was Christian in form and doctrine, but that it was called Ispatian.

His purpose in coming to Europe, he alleged, was to seek a long-lost brother; but he suffered shipwreck on the voyage. He did not know where the wreck occurred, nor how he arrived in Germany, and he could not trace his route on shore on any map or globe. As the chief magistrate was moved by the great level of geographical knowledge the man was able to provide, and not having the means by which to evaluate him any further, Jophar Vorin was then taken to Berlin, where it was reported that more questioning and research would be completed.

John Timbs wrote about Vorin in his 1852 “Year-Book of Facts in Science and Art,” a periodical which was praised for its accuracy by other publications of the time. In his reporting, he laid out the information that Vorin had provided and claimed that the man was still the subject of much scientific and curious gossip in the Prussian capital. One of the most argued explanations for Vorin was that he was something of a time/dimension traveler, who had inadvertently landed in a world that was not his own. Others worried that he was suffering from a fugue, suffering an unknown mental condition that made it difficult to be understood. Some speculated that he was a common impostor, but to what aim they could not confirm as he was not claiming to be of affluent background nor was he asking for any financial assistance.

Whoever he was, Vorin's tale is sometimes used as evidence for teleportation, parallel universes and alternate realities. Several researchers have analyzed the potential for cultural divergences, based on different circumstances within alternate realities. For example, there was at least one significant difference in the antiquity of his world that caused culture and history to change. An empire continued to reign instead of falling, a country winning a war that it should have lost, or even a significant person from history going in another direction that what we know them for could cause ripples throughout the proceeding years. Then, their world would be radically different in several ways but not entirely alien to us, if we were ever to learn about them. In this scenario, researchers sought to better understand where Vorin’s world may have diverged from our own.

Laxaria, the country which Viron claimed citizenship, is Latin for “luxury”, which profits virtually no additional clues. However, Viron’s names for continents do have parallels to our own, with the exception of Sakria. Aflar = Africa, Aslar = Asia, Auslar = Australia, and Euplar = Europe. South America has been suggested for Sakria, but this raises the question of why there is no representation of North America.

Throughout our ancient history, there are scant few references to lands actually called Sakria. There is a Sakria in India, but Jophar Vorin was described as having “all marks of Caucasian origin”. Another significant Sakria/Sakarya region is in Turkey, which was formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, which connecting to other details may hold merit. It has also been noted that Viron’s insistence that the common language spoken in his homeland was “Abramian” is remarkably similar to the common Armenian surname “Abramyan”, and Armenia was long dominated by the Ottomans. Also, Armenia was the first country in the world to embrace Christianity as a state religion in 301 A.D.

Strangely, the historical record of what happened to Jophar Viron ended in Berlin as inexplicably as it began. Vorin’s case appeared to have convinced the authorities at the time, though any additional findings or reports of where he went after his questioning are currently unknown. For many, much like the story about the man from Taured, the man from Laxaria is a mystery even today, suggesting that travel between parallel realities may be a real possibility.