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2022 Madeira - Europa, Stories and Myths - Set

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  • 09.05.2022
  • Carla Caraça Ramos
  • André Caetano
  • bpost Philately & Stamps Printing
  • Offset
  • Stamp Size: 40 x 30,6 mm, M/S Size: 130 x 110 mm
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About Madeira - Europa, Stories and Myths

The Legend of Pêro Botelho’s Caldera
A little moral tale, recounting the punishment for a sulphurous temper. Silence is what Pêro Botelho gets back in return whenever he begs “Get me out of here! Get me out of here!”, from the bottom of the Furnas cave, on the island of São Miguel, where he has been trapped since immemorial time. A man of deplorable character, he had the habit, like the other inhabitants of the region, of boiling wicker and corn in volcanic calderas of boiling water. In one of them, which exudes a strong smell of sulphur, it was more common, however, to use its mud to cure various diseases, such as rheumatism. It is said that, one day, when going there to find the balsamic material, Pêro Botelho lost his footing and fell into the caldera. He attempted an appeal for help, but no one would have heard him. And he was never seen again. The only sign of life would be the cry for a hypothetical rescue.

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