Lemuria & Mu

Thoughts About the Lost World of the Pacific


Lemuria has had an interesting ride over the past century.

In 1864, an English zoologist, Philip Lutley Sclater, wrote a scientific article about a hypothetical continent, "The Mammals of Madagascar" and named the land mass, "Lemuria." The hypothesis was intended to explain the distribution of lemurs and other plants and animals in the area of the Indian ocean.

And this bears repeating: Lemuria was just a hypothesis invented by a SCIENTIST.

The concept generated some interest in newspapers, and Madame Blavatsky (of 19th century Theosophy fame) was the first channel to latch onto the idea, and she began elaborating on the inhabitants of the alleged continent, writing that they laid eggs and possessed a third eye. The Lemurians were considered the third root-race.

When science later concluded that the idea of Lemuria was a physical impossibility and abandoned the theory in favor of plate tectonics, the psychics were apparently too committed to retract their channeling (some of it had been published in books), and the theory has continued to morph till the present day.

Somewhere along the line Lemuria became interchangeable with the lost continent in the Pacific, known as Mu. Though, we now KNOW how the idea of Lemuria actually originated. Keep that in mind.

The origin of Mu is also interesting.

In the mid-1800s an amateur archaeologist, Augustus le Plongeon (1826-1908), poorly translated a Mayan book, leading to his theory that the Maya of Yucatan were the ancestors of Egypt. He went on to believe that an ancient continent that was destroyed by a volcano, a land he called Mu, was synonymous with Atlantis. Experts in his day loudly debunked his amateur archaeology, and although his claims were proven to have zero credibility, the idea of Mu carried on in the minds of those with active imaginations.

Later, in the 1930s, James Churchward wrote a series of bizarre books about Mu, claiming it was the original Garden of Eden and that Atlantis was a colony of Mu. He also believed that all the major civilizations, such as Egypt, the Mayans, Babylonia, etc., were the remains of Mu. Nice theory, but he provided no real evidence for any of his claims.

It always strikes me how ethnocentric these theories are. People look at the ruins of advanced civilizations like Egypt or the Mayans and instantly assume they must have had help -- the Egyptians helped the Mayans, and the Atlanteans helped the Egyptians. There's not a scrap of scientific evidence to support this kind of thinking (Egyptian and Mayan pyramids aren't anything alike, and served different purposes), but the ethnocentric assumptions remain.

The crucial point here is that although there's a body of channeled material about these lost civilizations, as you can see from their origin, it was all built on a shaky foundation of credibility. I always check the background of anything that gets the spotlight in spiritual writings, and if the source is not reliable, I view it with a skeptical eye.

That doesn't mean an ancient civilization didn't exist. The names Lemuria or Mu could merely be placeholders for cultures we don't have a name for. My mind is open to that possibility. Although, there's no scientific evidence to back that up at the moment, and according to science there are no sunken land masses under the ocean that correspond with those lost cultures. Sunken sandbars or coastal areas subject to flooding, like Doggerland, would not count.

Atlantis is the only lost civilization that has a paper trail, thanks to Plato. There's still the question if what he wrote was just a morality tale, but at least in history, we have evidence that does support an Atlantis-like event, which is the volcanic destruction of the Minoan society. It doesn't line up perfectly, but it's more than what we have for Lemuria or Mu.

My motivation here is not to be a nay-sayer. I'm just interested in the origin of these places and ideas. I'm trying to educate people to look for the root source. I think it's tremendously helpful. I'm also a student of comparative mythology, an endless fascination. The idea, for example, that some of the stories from the Bible trace back to earlier tales from ancient Sumeria. I love how the myths are connected throughout the world. These stories were passed down from one civilization to another. It's an illuminating study, and it teaches us many things about being a human, such as our shared commonalities across multiple cultures.

I may expand more on this article as time permits.





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