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Friday, February 4, 2022

Lemuria: The Mystery Of The Lost Continent

The world is shrouded with mystery. Undiscovered places, unknown animal species, peculiar sightings, some horrible diseases, and lost islands, these are what makes us unique along with the rich culture every nation possesses.

We are all familiar with the story behind the lost city of Atlantis and how it was allegedly sunken into the ocean, but have you heard of the immense landmass of Lemuria?

Theories of great archaeologists have been running for years on how a vast landmass allegedly swallowed by the waves.

Kumari Kandam, Lost Continent of Lemuria, Lost Continent of MU
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Believed to be a mythical lost continent situated in the Indian or Pacific Ocean, by the Tamil language speakers, it is also frequently connected to the legend of Kumari Kandam which also refers to a lost continent with Tamil Civilization. It is even interchangeably with that of a lost continent called MU.

Lemuria and Atlantis share a common attribute an almost perfect society. With its serenity, scenic view, ample food and sources for its people, no wrongdoings, and inhabitants can communicate through telepathy as per Theosophists. A dream continent it is.

But what happened to Lemuria? Was there a “one terrible night of fire and earthquake” like that of Atlantis as what Plato has written? Where is it now?

It was in the late 19th century where the term Lemuria originated. In 1864, an article entitled “The Mammals of Madagascar” written by English zoologist Philip Sclater and was published in “The Quarterly Journal of Science”. He had an observation on the species of lemur (mammals of the order primates) that can be seen more on Madagascar than in Africa and India, thus having Madagascar as its original homeland. He then proposed the lemurs were able to migrate to India and Africa from Madagascar during the earlier period was through the lost landmass stretching across the southern Indian Ocean in a triangular shape. The Lemuria, that connects Southern India, Southern Africa , and Western Australia which later swallowed by the waves.

Kumari Kandam, Lost Continent of Lemuria, Lost Continent of MU
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It is also where the German Biologist Ernst Haeckel based the work that he published in the 1860s and scientist named Alfred Russell Wallace about their notion on how humans travelled from Asia to Africa.

The theories about Lemuria persisted throughout the 1800s to the 1900s. It was also believed that the landmass became the cradle of humankind after modern science discovered ancient human remains in Africa.

The hunt for the said lost landmass continued especially after the Russian occultist, philosopher and writer Helena Petrovna Blavatsky co-founder of Theosophical Society who claimed to gain knowledge on Lemuria from an ancient Tibetan text, “The Book of Dzyan”. She then published the book “The Secret Doctrine” in 1888 and said that there are seven ancient races of humanity and that Lemuria was the home of one of those races. They possessed psychic abilities and have the third eye and existed 150 million years ago.

A fellow theosophist seconded what Blavatsky’s claim and expounded it. William Scot-Elliot said that he acquired his information of the lost landmass through astral clairvoyance, written in his book “The Story of Atlantis and The Lost Lemuria”. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy and a claimed clairvoyant, was a further advocate of the magical landmass.

A theory was also raised by an archeologist and historian Charles-Etienne Brasseur de Bourboug. After exploring Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Region and went to Spain to see more artifacts, he was captivated with the Mayan civilization. During those times he met a supposed guide to Mayan Hieroglyphics which was used to decode Mayan manuscript. Brasseur claimed to discover an ancient land that was sunken into the sea because of a catastrophic volcanic eruption. He then found some characters resembled the letters M and U, which he associated with the sunken landmass. With this, he then established the idea that the lost landmass was called MU. But his interpretations were inaccurate, and Mayan hieroglyphics were successfully decoded in the mid-20th century.

From scientists the idea of the legendary landmass was passed to the spiritualists, James Churchward a medium, postulated that Lemuria the home of the advanced human race. With 64 million inhabitants believed to live hundreds of years and who are capable of astral travel, telepathy and teleportation. He also said that in his view the landmass was destroyed approximately 10 000 BC.

Kumari Kandam, Lost Continent of Lemuria, Lost Continent of MU
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In 2013 another theory of geologists arose, the discovery of the alleged traces of the landmass in the Indian Ocean. Scientists found pieces of granite in the south shore of The Indian Ocean and a layer that extends a hundred miles towards the south country Mauritius.

The island of Mauritius is just about 2 million years of existence due to some tectonic plates and volcanic activities; geologists found zircon which was dated 3 billion years ago. It was then assumed that the zircon came from a much older landmass that existed in the Indian Ocean. Geologist then named the believed landmass Mauritia.

It was around 84 million years ago when Mauritia vanished from the Indian Ocean based on geological data and plate tectonics. This finding could have supported the claim of Sclater about the ancient race of Lemurians. However Mauritia died out 84 million years ago, and lemurs didn’t evolve in Madagascar in about 54 million years ago.

Despite inadequate resources and limited information, Sclater along with some scientists in the 1800s was partly right about Lemuria. The landmass didn’t just vanish or swallowed by the waves. It once existed and now was gone, but the story of supposed blissful society will remain along with the hopes for a better society.

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