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Lima River and Lethes River

The Legend

The Romans believed that between the world of the living and the dead was a border. This boundary was the river Lethes, also called river of forgetfulness because their waters had the effect of erasing the memory, to forget everything that happened in life.

The souls of the dead gathered by the river, awaiting their turn to have a sip of water, and then entered the boat that would take the other side.

In the year 136 BC a Roman army commanded by Decius Junos Brutus made many achievements in the territory that was to be Portugal.

The soldiers crossed the Tagus river near the island of Almorol, then crossed the ZÍzere the Mondego, the Vouga, Douro without any problem. But for whatever reason is unknown, as they approached the river bank Lima were terrified and refused point blank to furrow the waters, because they were convinced that this was such a river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness that led to the underworld ! Brutus, could not convince them otherwise, then to take the lead, crossed to the other side, taking only the banner with the eagles, which was the symbol of the Roman Empire.

Reaching the other shore, waving and yelling could that he was alive and had not forgotten anything ... Just then the soldiers decided to follow him ...

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Additional Photos by Filipe Araujo (faraujo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 71 N: 295] (1707)
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