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Lemuria, the “Other” Lost Continent

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Website: http://www.lemuria.net

This website explores the possibility of the existence of a lost continent that once existed but disappeared before the beginning of recorded history. Lemuria, also known as Mu, is said to be the cradle of civilization for cultures such as the Egyptians and the Mesoamericans, and was believed to have been located in the Pacific Ocean between North America and Asia/Australia. It was considered to be a utopian society, and the continent’s inhabitants spread out across the world when it sank into the ocean roughly 25,000 years before the time of Christ. It is believed that there was a relation between Lemuria and Atlantis, in that while the more scientific and rational people inhabited Atlantis, the more spiritual and artistic people lived on Lemuria. Some believers also say that large-scale experiments that took place on Atlantis may have caused the eventual destruction of both Atlantis and Lemuria, due to “dramatic geo-physical dislocations.”

This website is sponsored by the Salem New Age Center, located in Salem, Massachusetts. Their mission statement is “Share important, timely new age and metaphysical information with all those who search for it.” Credentials and qualifications for those who run this “center” seem to be non-existent.

The participants in this website draw their information from a multitude of books written on the subject. However, the original person to claim Lemuria’s existence was Augustus Le Plongeon, a 19th century traveler and writer. His ideas were then popularized and expanded upon by James Churchward, who wrote five volumes on Mu (Lemuria) between 1926 and 1931. The website does not discuss alternative hypotheses.

What makes me skeptical about the existence of Lemuria is the same reason given by nearly every scientist who has lived between the time of Le Plongeon and today: The idea of a “lost continent” is physically impossible, since a continent cannot sink nor be destroyed by any possible catastrophe, especially not in the short period of time required by this premise. Plus, the weight of all the archaeological, linguistic, and genetic evidence is contrary to the claim that the ancient civilizations of the New and Old Worlds have a common origin. So, the very “facts” that the theory was conceived to explain are now seen to be false.
Also, Churchward’s theory about Mu/Lemuria existing in the Pacific Ocean fails in the face of the fact that the Pacific Ocean appears to have been free of large land masses for billions of years. On top of that, the Pacific basin may mark the place where the Moon was expelled from the proto-earth. Coral atolls that dot the Pacific Ocean have taken millions of undisturbed years of activity to form. Moreover, the Pacific was one of the last regions on the planet to be settled by humans. This is proven by linguistic evidence, and the well-documented oral traditions which describe the history of the Polynesian migrations.

On top of the geophysical and cultural factors, Churchward’s books are largely absent of footnotes or bibliographies. His basic source material cannot be independently confirmed. He often makes huge revelations, and before supporting them with evidence, he will move on to some other train of thought. At other times, he writes factually about something like Egyptian mythology, without any clue for the reader as to why this proves anything about the existence of Mu/Lemuria.

There is an alternative theory in regards to the possible existence of a “lost civilization” in the area where Lumeria allegedly existed. The continental shelf around Indonesia, known as Sundaland, was exposed above water during the ice age. Many consider it the route used by humans to get to Australia from Eurasia, because there were only a few kilometers of water separating the Sundaland region from Australia.
Although Sundaland was slowly submerged as the result of rising sea levels at the end of the ice age, the region has some of the most violent volcanoes on Earth, such as Krakatoa. A documented eruption in that region about 60,000 years ago may have devastated the human race, producing a “population bottleneck,” during which the human race was reduced to a few hundred individuals, according to mitochondrial DNA studies.

Some have hypothesized that Sundaland may have been home to an early lost civilization. It could have been the home of the mysterious explorers who charted the ancient ice age maps which the early modern mapmakers incorporated in their atlases. While this is not Mu/Lemuria, Sundaland is one of the most plausible locations on Earth where a “lost civilization” might have existed.

The best way to test Churchward’s claim would probably be extensive investigation of the Pacific Ocean basin where he believed Lemuria once existed. If the continent ever existed, there would likely be evidence of a massive shift in topography. There would also probably be evidence of a change in the tectonic plates in that area, since the most (relatively) logical cause for a continent’s destruction would be from some sort of earthquake. It is also possible that, if such an advanced utopian civilization existed, there would be some archaeological evidence of the culture resting somewhere on the ocean floor. Believers cite the existence of the mysterious stone monuments in Japan, the Easter Island statues, petroglyphs in Hawaii, and other cryptic sites as evidence of this advanced society.

However, so far, such discoveries have yet to prove the existence of an advanced, utopian society existing tens of thousands of years ago. Like the “other” lost continent of Atlantis, there just is not enough hard evidence to prove that such a place ever existed in the history of our planet.

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  1. Brickapolis
    October 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I’m not sure what you’ve done here, but that was one of the most well written articles I’ve read in a long time.

    Just awesome.

    • collinharvey
      October 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks… You don’t read many articles, do you… LOL

      • Brickapolis
        October 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm

        I actually read quite a few articles… every day. 😛

        This one stands out because it disproves alot of bias that I had about you.

  2. collinharvey
    October 2, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Oh. Well cool. Not really sure what that bias was, but I’m glad I was able to disprove it. 🙂

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