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Lost Civilizations: Lemuria and Mu (Evidence and Speculation)

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For centuries, stories have persisted about long-vanished civilizations. The legend of Atlantis is the most popular example. The names “Lemuria” and “Mu” also appear in old accounts as well as in New Age literature. The psychic Edgar Cayce referred to Lemuria in several readings. Ordinary people, from various walks of life, have also either dreamed about or otherwise experienced vivid memories of this legendary lost land. In most cases, these people had never heard of Lemuria before experiencing such recollections.

According to legend, Lemuria and Mu existed south of the equator, below where Hawaii now lies. They featured lush, tropical lands that supported plant and animal species that would be familiar to us as well as many varieties of life that would seem exotic.

Edgar Cayce provided numerous past-life readings to people who sought them, and it is from these readings that his material regarding Lemuria is culled. The Lemurians were purportedly a highly evolved, spiritual race. Cayce claimed that many people who had once lived in Lemuria had been reincarnated in the modern era to help humans evolve and meet the challenges posed by Earth’s endangered environment.

Lemuria is often described as a contemporary of Atlantis, existing in the Pacific Ocean at around the same time that Atlantis thrived. Both civilizations, according to Cayce and other psychics, strongly influenced ancient Egypt and some Central American cultures.

Physical records that support the existence of Mu are scant. Some ancient texts of the Far East, as well as writings on stone artifacts from Central America, refer to large continents in the Pacific Ocean that have since vanished. Sacred Tibetan texts make reference to “Ra-Mu.” Inscriptions found in the Americas describe a “lost Motherland of Mu.” The sacred Naacal tablets, preserved in India, also mention Mu.

The natives of Rapa Nui (the land known to us as Easter Island) believe that their home is actually the peak of one of Mu’s mountains. Easter Island features giant monuments along its coastline that modern archaeology cannot account for. These sculptures reach heights of forty feet and weigh up to thirty-five tons. How had they been transported to the top of Easter Island’s steep hillsides? The island is too small to ever have supported a population large enough for such a task. Tablets have also been found there with strange writing that bears strong resemblance to script from the Indus Valley in India.

A significant number of volcanic islands and coral atolls (ring-shaped reefs that often protect a central island) exist in the area where, allegedly, Lemuria once stood. Lemuria is said to have been destroyed by natural cataclysms, and such formations attest to geological instability in the area. Remains of coral have also been found in the Pacific Ocean at depths of up to 1,800 feet. The water animals that create coral can survive in water no deeper than 150 feet. This indicates that the deeply submerged coral had to have once lain much closer to the surface, along the body of an island or continent that was subsequently swallowed by the ocean.

Given the scarcity of hard evidence, archaeologists are unable to either refute or corroborate the legends surrounding Lemuria and Mu. These names remain bound to the realm of speculation and myth, echoing in dreams and past-life memories but resisting the efforts of modern-day researchers to substantiate them.