posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 06:06 PM
I take a couple days off and somebody trots out Hoskins and Blavatsky. NetChicken beat me to it this time, but how many times does everyone need the
run down on some lying plumber?
As for Shasta and Lemuria, one more time from the top.
First, Ernst Haeckel (spelling?) proposes a land bridge called Lemuria to explain the geographic distribution of fossil relatives to Lemurs.
1 Year later, HP Blavatsky, founder of the American Theosophical Society, whose goal was to merge science with the occult, latches on to that theory
by writing about the "Third Root Race" which inhabited the now sunken Pacific continent of Mu. Blavatsky's story seems to be influenced at least
somewhat by the Hindu concept of descending yugas. The "third root race" supposedly were giant hermaphroditic humanoids with a third eye. Sounds
great doesn't it? lol
Even later, an author whose name escapes me at the moment writes A Dweller On Two Planets, claiming that a sage named Phylos the Tibetan has revealed
to him the secrets of Lemurian survivors living in Mt. Shasta.
Around that time, August Le Polongeon (spelling) falsely claims to have cracked the Mayan glyphs (he's a photographer, not a linguist) and starts
talking about ancient advanced civs and lost continents, apparently in the same vein as Blavatsky's Mu/Lemuria
Then later we get T. Lobsang Rampa, better known as "hey you with the pipe wrench and the saggy trousers,".
Edit to conclude:
This is simply occultists hijacking an obsolete scientific hypothesis when it was new, hoping to claim later that they new it all along. They were
effectively debunked when the hypothesis proved invalid, however the story was so mystifying that it survived anyway.
[edit on 9-9-2005 by The Vagabond]