Â Lemuria. A lost continent that once lay in the Pacific Ocean.Â Lemuria was an ancient civilization which existed prior to and during the time of Atlantis. Physically, it is believed that Lemuria existed largely in the Southern Pacific, between North America and Asia/Australia. Lemuria is also sometimes referred to as Mu, or the Motherland (of Mu). At its peak of civilization, the Lemurian people were both highly evolved and very spiritual. While concrete physical evidence of this ancient continent may be difficult to find, many people "know" that they have a strong connection to Lemuria.
Lemuria entered the lexicon of the Occult through the works ofÂ Madame Helena Blavatsky, who claimed in the 1880s to have been shown an ancient, pre-AtlanteanÂ Book of DzyanÂ by theÂ Mahatmas. According toÂ L. Sprague de Camp, Blavatsky was influenced by other writers on the theme ofÂ Lost Continents, notablyÂ Ignatius L. Donnelly, AmericanÂ cultÂ leaderÂ Thomas Lake HarrisÂ and the French writerÂ Louis Jacolliot.
Within Blavatsky's complex cosmology, which includes seven "Root Races", Lemuria was occupied by the "Third Root Race", described as about seven foot tall, sexuallyÂ hermaphroditic, egg-laying, mentally undeveloped and spiritually more pure than the following "Root Races". Before the coming of the Lemurians, the second "Root Race" is said to have dwelled inÂ Hyperborea. After the subsequent creation of mammals, Mme Blavatsky revealed to her readers, some Lemurians turned toÂ bestiality. The gods, aghast at the behavior of these "mindless" men, sank Lemuria into the ocean and created a "Fourth Root Race"â€”endowed with intellectâ€”onÂ Atlantis.