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Term: lemuria

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Lemuria: A continent, perhaps mythic, in the Pacific that sank around 10,000 B.C.E. Sacred Tibetan texts remember it as “Ra-Mu”; inscriptions on the American continents refer to it as the “lost Motherland of Mu;” and Edgar Cayce, who had access to the Akashic Records, names it “Muri” or “Lemuria.” “Lemuria” may have originated from the word lemures, which the Romans used to describe the spirits of their dead ancestors who walked by night. “Lemuria” also stems from the nineteenth century, when scientists unexpectedly found small nocturnal animals called lemurs living on Madagascar and New Guinea. They believed the original home of these monkey-like mammals was 250 miles away in Africa, and there was no obvious explanation of how they had traveled so far. The missing land was named “Lemuria” in honor of the Lemurs. Today the ancient sunken country in the Pacific Ocean is a place with two names; “Lemuria” and “Mu” are used interchangeably. Col. James Churchward first learned about Mu from records on sacred Naacal tablets in India. After many years of searching in Asia and Central America for further information about the lost country, Churchward believed that, until 10,000 B.C.E., the largest remaining island of the Motherland of Mu lay in the southeastern Pacific on a broad area of uplifted sea-floor. It extended southeast from Hawaii to Easter Island, with its center somewhat south of the equator. Narrow channels of ocean divided the land into three sections. According to some it had an advanced civilization and was the “cradle of the human race.”
source: Lemuria & Atlantis, by Shirley Andrews

Lemuria: Hypothetical lost continent in the Indian Ocean suggested by 19th century geologists; the name was borrowed by occultists in the late 19th and 20th centuries and used for visionary material related to Sundaland.
source: Atlantis, by John Michael Greer


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