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“Leiria”

Ouvi falar duma terra mítica, tipo Atlântida ou Tir Nan Og*, chamada “Leiria”. Assim como a Atlântida, esta localidade ficcional faz parte, segundo as lendas, de Portugal. Há quem acredite que a ilha de Atlântida ficava no meio do oceano Atlântico (daí o nome!) e que quando afundou, as montanhas mais altas do território permaneceram acima das ondas, formando os atuais Açores** (ou por outro lado, Madeira) mas no caso de Leiria, os adeptos da “Nova Idade” defendem que o território existia na atual Baía de Santarém. Infelizmente não existem provas nenhumas que dêem sustentação a esta hipótese, portanto ninguém acredita nela exceto uns teoristas de conspiração e uma mão cheia de cripto-geógrafos.

Leiria Não Existe
If you believe in Leiria then how do you explain this?

This is just a silly joke of course. There’s a meme that Leiria (a town and a region north of Lisbon) doesn’t exist. You can find plenty of examples if you Google “Leiria Não Existe”. Tbh, I haven’t the foggiest idea why this joke came about or why Leiria and not some other random town, but it just do happens that I’m reading a comic about Atlantis at the moment, in which the heroes find the lost continent while staying in the island of São Miguel, so it seemed fun to merge the two ideas like this.

Thanks to o_pragmatico for the correvtioms.

*WTF? I just looked this up and it’s being spelled Tir Na nÓg now. When did that happen? Must be a Scots Gaelic vs Irish Gaelic thing, I assume. I’d never seen it written that way before though. Meh, Van Morrison spells it my way so the rest of you are just wrong!

**Os Açores – the archipelago not As Açores (I was thinking ‘as ilhas’)

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