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We’ve all heard of the lost city of
Atlantis. Atlantis has gotten so much attention
that Disney even made a movie about it.
However, how many of us have ever given much thought to what other “lost
cities” could be out there in the depths of ocean? Lemuria is one of these lost civilizations.
all began when 19th century scientists were looking for a way to
explain the unusual distribution of plant and animal life around the Indian and
Pacific Oceans. Lemurs and other strange
animals were found, having migrated from Madagascar to India, an exodus that
seemed quite illogical. Seeking to end
the debate, scientists simply conveyed it was all because of a massive
land-bridge that once connected the two countries, and, in 1864, zoologist Philip Lutley Sclater coined the name
“Lemuria” in his article “The Mammals of Madagascar” (Haughton).
After the buzz about this “lost
continent” finally died down, occultist Helena Blavatsky reincarnated the talk
when she mentioned Lemuria in her novel, The Secret Doctrine.
Madam Blavatsky and The
of referring to Lemuria as a physical place, Blavatsky and her group of
followers labeled Lemuria as a “spiritual place.” It was said that Lemuria was the “Mu,” or
Motherland, of all civilization and home to “an advanced and highly spiritual
culture, perhaps the mother of mankind” (Haughton). Blavatsky also discusses in her tome the idea
that some creatures from Lemuria survived the catastrophe that left the
continent submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean and are the ancestors of some of
the Aboriginal tribes in Australia (Haughton).
Blavatsky does not discuss Lemuria on much more than a spiritual level.
As far as geological evidence is
concerned, there are few things that support the fact that Lemuria
existed. In an article written by an
anonymous researcher, it is discussed that the flora and fauna found in India
or Madagascar were neither “Asiatic nor African, but quite different from
either...”(The Lost Lemuria...). The
article also says that it is not uncommon for new continents to reveal
themselves over time: “The history of the earth's
development shows us that the distribution of land and water on its surface is
ever and continually changing”(The Lost Lemuria...).
There hasn't been much research done on the lost
civilization of Lemuria to decide whether or not it existed those 18,000,000
years ago (Taffinder). Some researchers
say that it vanished to the bottom of the ocean because some cataclysmic event;
some say it was never real. Only time
and more research will tell. But for
now, how does it feel knowing that mankind could have evolved from such a
creature as below?
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