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Abora is the name of an ancestal solar deity of La Palma (Canary Islands) and a traditional god of the Guanches, and of two reed boats.

Supreme being[edit]

Abora (Ibru[1]) is the name of the supreme being of the religion of the Guanches on the island of La Palma.[2][3] In Guanche mythology of the island of Tenerife, the supreme god was called Achamán.

Abora, reed boat[edit]

Abora project display and Dominique Goerlitz
Name: Abora
Builder: Aymara Indians, Huatajata, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
General characteristics
Class and type: Totora reed boat
Length: 32.8 ft (10.0 m)
Sail plan: Square rig with bipod mast, steering oar, and leeboards[4]

Abora was a Bolivian-made reed boat, designed in 2002, to travel more than 450 nautical miles (518 mi; 833 km) between Egypt, Lebanon and Cyprus.[5] This was an attempt to prove a theory that there were no boundaries to the travels of ancient sailors, defying modern estimations of limited exploration by prehistoric man. The idea was inspired by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed from South America to Polynesia on the Kon-Tiki balsa raft in 1947.

Abora III[edit]

A similar boat, the Abora III, was launched in 2007 for a transatlantic crossing. Due to damage from several storms, the expedition was abandoned 550 miles (478 nmi; 885 km) away from the Azores.[6]


  1. ^ Garrison Brinton, Daniel (1901). Races and Peoples: Lectures on the Science of Ethnography. D. McKay. p. 122. 
  2. ^ PD-icon.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Guanches". Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 650–651. 
  3. ^ William Brown Hodgson (1844). Notes on Northern Africa, the Sahara and Soudan: In Relation to the Ethnography, Languages, History, Political and Social Condition, of the Nations of Those Countries. Wiley and Putnam. pp. 104–. 
  4. ^ Allen, J M. "Abora III building and history". Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  5. ^ The Abora project Archived 21 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine. CNN
  6. ^ Abora III Diary Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Abora III Diary

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