Are there fish people?
This secret, exciting imagination of historians for centuries. Today, it seems, is an important step towards its unlocking ...
"... That's the way Lierganes - Pamanes, March 7, 1997. 16.05. I was ready to abandon the search, which brought me to Lierganes, beautiful town in the remote end of Cantabria, driven to sheer impossible task of despair, which to me set: find church records of the XVII century, and to prove that the person who was considered a legend, there actually ; difficulty was in the fact that no one has ever published a document on the subject.
I myself began to seriously doubt the outcome of the case. It is easier to find a needle in a haystack. To top it off right from the arrival in town I chased some bad luck. " So begins the story of their discovery in the journal "Enigmas" Spanish journalist and researcher Iker Jimenez Elizar.
Despite the three-day search, the parish priest Antonio Fernandez never showed up. Iker has already began to think that he simply avoids it. Among the local rumor that the visitor is looking for it to porassprosit of man-fish, exciting istoriyag which once stirred the whole world and brought fame to this remote village. But there were so many questionable and improbable! Only Don Antonio could indicate the place where you store important documents that could shed light on the circumstances of the life of Francisco Vega's case, the prototype of the legendary man-newt, which spent five years in the deep sea.
"At the last moment I decided to try again and walk along Lierganesu. Dobredya to the church of St Peter Ad-Vinkula, I finally came face to face with a long-sought priest. By chance, as we know, can not be neglected. I think that the incredulous look he gave me through his glasses, as clearly demonstrated that he has no illusions about the meeting. But documents that I showed him recruited me from the writings of various historians of the last century, is still forced him to listen to me ... "
Some sources pointed to the church metrics that prove that people really live fish in the world - is a very important clue, but the existence of such documents subsequently denied the experts who looked for, but did not found them. And long story remained the same as it has been for two centuries: the cross between truth and fiction. It seems that Antonio Fernandez realized how important it is to find the evidence; Meanwhile, in the village began the funeral. Of course, it was not the best time, but Iker intuition that the last opportunity to get closer to the truth - and have this same conversation with the priest in the church porch. In the last century, many have tried to "talk" priests, but no one did not manage to actually see the documents. And, apparently, is really much haste, Father Antonio said resolute tone that the Lierganese no trace of such securities; probably the only place where they can be found, although it is not very suitable for investigative journalism - in damp cells of a monastery where voobscheto outsiders are not allowed ... |
"Seize the last opportunity to reach the required | securities, like a drowning man at a straw, I pressed on the accelerator and began to wind down at the speedo kilometers, brings me to the very place where, perhaps, something survived, if at all the documents exist. And while the road flew under the wheels of the car, I, at least, could well remember what is known about the mysterious creature. "
... The deep dark waters of the river Miera, Lierganes passing through, bypass the favorite place of children's games business, Francisco Vega Kasara. At the age of five years, he has demonstrated the ability to swim much better than the average person, causing great surprise of the multitude of the surrounding residents, who had gathered to stare at the miracle from the old bridge. In 1672, when he was sixteen years old, he went to the Biscay town of Las Arenas to learn from a carpenter. There Francisco spent two years in sawmills in Basque, and every evening on the river in a hurry.
It was the eve of the day of Saint John in 1674, when he came ashore in the company of other carpenters, he suddenly decided to swim down the river, where the sea goes away on the Cantabrian coast.
Undressed, he jumped into the water. There is a strong ocean current carried him along, and he was out of sight. Knowing what a good swimmer Francisco locals hoping that he will soon be ... But - alas ... The next morning, his mother Maria Casar received the sad news of the disappearance of her son, who, apparently, forever engulfed fierce Cantabrian Sea.
The tragedy has led to despair of Thomas, Juan and Jose Francisco unfortunate brothers. They climbed the steep coastal cliffs, and came all the coast in search of the body. But the search has not ended in nothing, and little by little, over time the memory of the brave swimmer began to fade.
Five years have passed. In February 1679 the fishermen, hunted in the Bay of Cadiz, saw how shallow it is close to the strange creature, they were greatly astonished and frightened them with his views. Rumors like dust, reverberated along the quays of the Andalusian capital, and soon a network of trawling for bait meat and bread, the first device built to catch the mysterious thief fish.
Several times noticed how some large creature, whose precise form could not see through the water, devoured pieces of food, and then quickly disappeared. After many days, during which time it has seen in the vicinity of boats, marine marvel caught and dragged ashore.
Fishermen were dumbfounded. Their prisoner was rather tall young man, at least one meter eighty tall, with pale, almost transparent skin and fiery red hair. Band scales like a fish took his body from the neck to the abdomen, and the other is the same - the spine. The fingers on his hands joined thin brown film, giving brushes similar to the duck legs. Amazing prisoner moaned and roared like an animal, and to keep it required the efforts of dozens of inhabitants of the port. The mysterious creature was placed in a Franciscan monastery, where a mysterious man-fish stayed for three weeks.
Secretary of the Holy life (as we would say today - the head of the local department of the Inquisition or control) Domingo Kantola case very bothered to learn what had happened. He immediately ordered a whole series of different rites of exorcism, that is casting out demons, who could live in such a strange body. The monastery came enatoki foreign languages, such as brother Juan Rosendo, who questioned man-fish days on end, trying to get him at least some articulate response.
Finally escaped from the lips of Ichthyander word "Lierganes" completely incomprehensible to anyone in Cadiz, except for one young man originally from Santander, who then worked part time at the shipyard Andalusian capital. He knew that the name of a small village in Cantabria related to the bishops of Burgos, which included all the settlements on the banks of the River Miera.
Doubt, surprise and a clear distrust swept Domingo case Kantola, who, however, immediately sent messengers to Solares, which is located ten kilometers from Lierganesa. There they found a noble gentleman Dionisio Rubalkabu and Melchorro Gaspar de Santiago, Chevalier of the Order of Santiago, and the Marquis de Valbuena. All three went personally to lierganestsam that could shed light on the emergence of monsters in Cadiz.
A few days later he unearthed the story of Dionisio Rubalkaba disappearance of Francisco Vega Kasara case, what happened in the five years before the river Miera, and immediately let it be known in the Franciscan monastery, calling it a strong commotion. In the first days of January 1680 man-fish moved in the Cantabrian village, because of suspicion that he really is missing a carpenter, was not unfounded.
Responsible task on the transport behemoth through the mountains took over brother Juan Rosendo. As soon as the cortege reached the town Dehesa, a prisoner like slave mysterious instinct, I decided to touch the ground with his foot. He seemed to recognize the surroundings. Stepping in front of the church ministers, he joined Lierganes.
Finally he found himself in front of house Vega family business. Old Maria Casar immediately recognized him as his son, who disappeared five years ago, and, bursting into tears, embraced him, and it did not hesitate to join the brothers Thomas and John. The third brother, Jose, two months before had gone to Cadiz and never returned home.
It was strange that no fish man in no way expressed his joy at meeting with their relatives. He remained silent for two years (according to other chronicles - nine), who lived in the father's house under the watchful supervision of Dionisio Rubalkaby.
Francisco Vega case never became the same person. His life was reduced to a silent Lierganese walking on the court, sometimes interrupted hardly seen muttering the words "bread" and "tobacco", though the connection between them and the actual pronunciation of smoking and eating food is clearly not observed. He preferred to remain in tatters, could spend hours devouring fish and raw meat, and sometimes vice versa - for several days did not eat anything. Most of the time he spent lying prone on zem, le. And he never showed to anything of interest.
However, one evening in 1682, he started, he heard someone shout, and without any apparent reasons for the surrounding waters rushed straight for Miera. Despite the attempts of the peasants to stop him, the man-fish deftly managed to escape from his imprisonment and quickly dive into the water again, this time - indeed for all, and not just in the very place where he had performed miracles in his childhood sailing. Moving in water with unnatural for human speed, strange creature quickly disappeared into the hazy distance.
From that moment the fate of the case of Francisco Vega remained unknown, but thanks to the previous part are interested in the whole world.
... Brother Benedictine Benito Jerónimo Fahey was a very learned man, who throughout life tirelessly fought against prejudice and superstition Spain XVIII century. His encyclopedic work "Theatre universal criticism", created from 1726 to 1740, became a strong foundation on which he built his fight with all sorts of fraud in religious matters from time to time shaking the society. For several hundred pages, complete rationalist arguments Fahey exposed various miracles and wonders. He was able to deal with all the cases, except the stories of Francisco Vega's case. In fact, according to Fahey, who was a though unusual, but it is a real example of human adaptation to the water element. He did not doubt the veracity of the story, given that many details were obtained from highly educated people.
The priests, nobles and scholars, who witnessed the vicissitudes of human-fish, Fahey provided all the information about him, making sure their signatures to its authenticity. Private messages are of interest to its theme, was published in the sixth volume of work entitled "Philosophical review of the rare occurrence nowadays."
Glory, which Fahey bought his caustic pen, uncompromising in many other matters, has given the importance of the entire history of the end of the XVIII century. In Lierganes began to arrive European light zoology.
From this point, attempts to trace the fate of the man-fish and find out all the details of his life did not cease to this day. In the mid-1930s he led the search for Dr. Gregorio Marañón, who devoted an entire chapter to the legend of his work "Biological ideas Fahey father." In it, he offered a remarkable theory which came most of his colleagues. In Marañon, Francisco case Vega suffered from cretinism (a disorder of the thyroid gland, very common at that time in the mountain areas), was "an idiot and almost dumb," which, having left his native village and was last seen on the bank of the river, was suddenly deemed drowned. The circumstances of the meeting with him on the coast of Cadiz, and all his remarkable abilities of the swimmer, in the opinion of the doctor, are part of mythical stories. His own view was explained by way of man is not life-newt, but a disease called ihtiozis in which the scales appear on the skin. The specific combination of illnesses and ailments unfortunate man-fish was enough for the fishermen and residents of the Andalusian capital, to decide that they have caught an unprecedented sea monster.
Maranyon theory caused great controversy, but not creatures leaving aside the main premise. In the meantime, we have been overlooked and not only mean evidence of dozens of fishermen, but also the many people who have lived together for a long time with Francisco.
A few years later the same Maranon reached the conclusion that the entire history of the famous lierganestsa - not that other, as a rough fiction, legend has no under itself any evidence. The same was said and renowned scientists of previous centuries, desperate to find a church metric human-fish and decided that its prototype never existed. At least in the official lists of Lierganes municipality, which were conducted with the XV century in the parish church of St. Peter, his name does not appear seemed to matter is closed.
Clarity is not increased, and during the following centuries. But there was a monument that stands in the main street of the Cantabrian town: "His feat, crossing the ocean from the north to the south of Spain, if it was not true, still had to be made. Today it can be considered a major feat that he remained in the memory of people. True or legend Lierganes honors and elevates his immortality. "
... Monastery klaritinok, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria. Maybe here and there is a means to resolve all doubt?
"My most humble request, had a beneficial effect on the heart's sister Emilia Sierra, - continues the story of a Spanish journalist. - It is very unusual that a young man, hung with photographic equipment, with notepads, tape recorder and a pen falls exactly where no one similar to it still was not. But I needed to get there - and I tried to explain the nun, communicating with her almost shouting through a small round hole in a wooden door. After passing this first "outpost", I noticed that behind me closed lattice, and then I found myself just a few centimeters away from the desired treasure - church metrics, which, as I understand it, remained completely unknown for many years in these cloisters. And so I reached the very purpose with which hoped to penetrate the magical mystery prokolesil for which so many on the roads of Cantabria ".
However, as you move the clock confidence Iker Eli-dawn all decreased, especially when he was able to find one of the old parish books Lierganesa, dating back to just the most time. It was not a single mention of the case of Francisco Vega! And then he was suddenly returned to the real world exclamation nuns. The index finger sister Emilia Sierra, trembling, buried in a few lines written by these scribbles, which can barely be distinguished, and even in a dark room. But there was no doubt: the book closer to the window, they saw that the records belong to the hand of Pedro Heras Mier, rectory Lierganesa early XVII century! This stack of papers of great importance and included the church metric case by Francisco Vega Kasara, man-fish!
Poor restrained joy Iker passed on to his sister Emily, who continued frantically flipping pages of records of baptisms, marriages and deaths. After a while before their eyes was another remarkable document. It was a book recording the arrival of Death Lier-ganes, corresponding to the period from 1722 to 1814. Here on page 106 was a record of another priest, Antonio Fernández del Hoyo Venus, the official announcement of the death of Francisco Vega's case, called the man-fish, and his brother Jose disappeared! What could be concluded that, under the law of that era, as many as 100 had to wait for years before officially declare a missing person dead.
"The facts were really right in my hands trembling with emotion; deny that now there was nothing. Man-fish actually lived in these places, and we can prove it, "- the researchers report. This is the most important. Since then, the challenge to science is itself cast the story of his misadventures in sea abyss - real mystery Ihti-Andrew, who now can not be attributed to the tales.