LOST PACIFIC CONTINENT OF LEMURIA is a place that history
has nearly forgotten. Yet it survives in the mythology of Hindus
and Australian aborigines, Polynesians and Native Americans.
Its place is likewise secure among occult pioneers Madame Blavatsky
and Edgar Cayce, as well as many New Age channelers and mediums.
did Lemuria really exist? And if so, when and where was it located?
Given the amount of time elapsed - many centuries before the
first Egyptian pyramids - there is scant archaeological evidence.
Even the myths and creation stories from the Pacific area are
the faintest of glimmers. Yet enough has surfaced to make a
case for Lemuria, even though most geologists vehemently deny
its existence. But geologists have been wrong before.
abound about the exact location of Lemuria (also called Mu,
Pacifica, etc.) The consensus favors Polynesia, somewhere between
the Hawaiian chain and Easter Island far to the south. However,
H.P. Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy, placed her "Third
Continent of the Third Root Race" in the Indian Ocean between
Madagascar and Malaysia (in her book The Secret Doctrine). Surprisingly,
many scientists of her day concurred and even came up with the
name, derived from lemur, the ghostlike primates who supposedly
lived there. (It's interesting that the Indian government is
currently searching coastal waters off Kanyakumari for ruins
of a lost civilization.)
myths and traditions of India abound with references. The Rig
Veda in particular speaks of "the three continents that were";
the third was home to a race called the Danavas. A land called
Rutas was an immense continent far to the east of India and
home to a race of sun-worshippers. But Rutas was torn asunder
by a volcanic upheaval and sent to the ocean depths. Fragments
remained as Indonesia and the Pacific islands, and a few survivors
reached India, where they became the elite Brahman caste.
Austrian mystic Rudolf Steiner claimed that during the sixth
and seventh subraces (of the Third Root Race) colonies were
established as far away as Easter Island. The continent girdled
much of the Pacific near the Equator, and thousands of island
peaks remain to mark its former glory. Edgar Cayce made a distinction
between Mu, which floated off the coast of Baja California,
and Lemuria, whose location is confusing to say the least. According
to Cayce: "The Andean, or the Pacific coast of South America,
occupied then the extreme western portion of Lemuria." Either
he meant eastern or Earth"s land masses have changed a lot,
perhaps due to a pole shift or crustal slippage. The channeled
entity Seth spoke of a civilization called Lumania on the island
of Maskara, whose mountain peaks today form Indonesia.
Churchward, in books such as The Lost Continent of Mu (1931),
wrote that the Motherland stretched from the Hawaiian Islands
to Fiji and from Easter Island to the Marianas. Churchward considered
the Nan Modal site on Pohnpei Island one of the seven sacred
cities of Mu. Today its ruins sit on a swampy lagoon filled
with mangrove trees. Rising about 30 feet in height, black volcanic
stones weighing many tons are stacked crisscross like a child's
frontier fort. It's one of the more enigmatic sites in the entire
Pacific, yet archaeologists cannot explain how it got there.
stone monuments of mysterious origin dot the entire Pacific,
from Japan's spectacular underwater site at Yonaguni to cryptic
petroglyphs on Hawaii's Big Island. Menehune Ditch on Kauai
is built from dressed and fitted stone slabs like something
ancient Romans would have erected, very different from typical
Polynesian style. And of course there is Easter Island, centerpiece
of many Lemuria theories. Its hundreds of colossal stone statues
and written language point to an advanced culture, yet it appeared
on the world's most remote spot. Why?
legends of Easter Island speak of Hiva, which sank beneath the
waves as people fled, while Samoans called a similar place Bolutu.
It was stocked with trees and plants bearing fruits and flowers,
which were immediately replaced when picked. On Bolutu men could
walk through trees, houses, and other physical objects without
any resistance. The Maoris of New Zealand still talk about arriving
long ago from a sinking island called Hawaiki, a vast and mountainous
place on the other side of the water.
yet another puzzling piece of evidence. A map of the lost continent
published by the Lemurian Fellowship corresponds almost exactly
to boundaries of the Pacific Plate. But the map first appeared
long before geologists even knew of the plate's existence. Their
detailed map places the capital just north of present day Maui,
near the center of a vast continent stretching from Australia
to the Rocky Mountains!
Blavatsky and Ruth Montgomery (The World Before) dated Lemuria
to millions of years ago. Yet most sources define the Lemurian
era as roughly 75,000 to 20,000 B.C., still prior to Atlantis.
Some scholars believe the two civilizations co-existed for thousands
of years. A handful of radical geologists (called Catastrophists)
believe a continent called Pacifica existed within the last
100,000 years, and that its fairly rapid submersion caused mountains
on the perimeter to rise and created hundreds of volcanoes called
the Ring of Fire. Sea levels worldwide were disrupted as water
rushed in to fill an enormous basin created by the sinking and
caused oceans to drop hundreds of feet.
appearance with a full-blown culture has spawned many interesting
theories, including visits from extraterrestials who introduced
a new species of genetically engineered humans to replace their
dim-witted ancestors. (This might explain the reference in Genesis
to the 'sons of gods' mating with the 'daughters of men.') In
any case there is no question humanity made a kind of great
leap around 40,000 B.C. with advances in transportation, technology,
art, and language. In Europe the Cro-Magnons, in the Pacific
was Lemuria like?
it home to a gentle race of mystics and dreamers or an advanced
society whose technology helped bring it down? According to
Theosophy Lemurians had pliable, jelly-like bodies and slowly
developed physicality. The first Lemurian subraces were apelike,
egg-laying hermaphrodites who communicated by mental telepathy
through a 'third eye.' This atrophied after Lemuria's fall and
became the pineal gland still found in modern humans. These
androgynous beings lived in perpetual torpor like the Lemurian
Dreamers that the channeled entity Lazaris speaks about.
the ever-increasing density of matter helped usher in an era
of sexual reproduction, and two distinct sexes emerged from
one being. This marked the fall of man, and henceforth male
and female would strive to reunite as one body through sexual
most sources claim Lemurians were much more like modern humans,
living in an idyllic paradise, largely agrarian with lush forests
and an abundance of flowers and fruit trees. Feminine principles
of sharing, cooperation, and creativity produced a society virtually
free of crime, strife, and warfare. Lemurians were vegetarians
and lived in harmony with nature and other creatures, and they
had a highly developed psychic and telepathic senses, which
were applied in practical endeavors such as horticulture. People
believed in 'mind over matter' and were adept at manifestation
and other 'reality creating' techniques. This tradition survives,
some claim, in the Polynesian concept of mana and various fire-walking
ceremonies throughout the region.
traditional anthropologists are puzzled by a pre-Polynesian
culture that stretched across most of the Pacific. Widely separated
locales displayed astonishing similarities in village life,
religious cults, myths, and foods such as coconuts, bananas,
and taro. Over time each area, such as Polynesia, grew more
diverse and distinctive and eventually lost contact with the
other. The languages of this culture were thought to be Austronesian.,
which includes hundreds of related tongues still found today
from Polynesia to distant Madagascar.
happened to Lemuria?
an entire continent sink or vanish? That's something most geologists
say is impossible. Yet the event is widely supported by Pacific
area mythology from Australia to Arizona. From Hopi legend:
'Down on the bottom of the seas lie all the proud cities, the
flying patuwvotas, and the worldly treasures corrupted with
evil . . ." Faced with disaster, some people hid inside the
earth while others escaped by crossing the ocean on reed rafts,
using the islands as stepping-stones. The same story of escape
to dry land appears in the Popul Vu epic of the Quiche Maya
and the Modoc tribe near Mt. Shasta among many others.
to the Rosicrucians of San Jose, California, the disastrous
cycle began with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and collapse
of subterranean gas belts. Magnetic waves started moving around
the globe, and Lemuria began to go under. Fortunately, there
was time enough for small groups to salvage part of Lemuria's
precious wisdom, which was stored in crystals. Some colonists
reached India and from there Mesopotamia and Egypt, while others
migrated eastward on crude rafts to the Americas, forming the
racial core of the earliest Indian tribes. In fact, California
was home to history's oldest people: pure Lemurians who later
became the California Indians. That would explain why America's
oldest human artefacts were found on Santa Rosa Island off Santa
Barbara, dated around 25,000 B.C. The same time Lemuria may
have slipped beneath the waves.
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2002 Mark R. Williams