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Col. James Churchward (1852-1936) was a British occult writer. In 1926 he published The Lost Continent of Mu, which claimed to prove the existence of a lost continent, called Mu, in the Pacific Ocean.
According to Churchward, Mu "extended from somewhere north of Hawaii to the south as far as the Fijis and Easter Island." Its civilization, which flourished 50,000 years before Churchward's day, was technologically more advanced than the ancient civilizations of India, Babylon, Persia, Egypt and the Mayas.
Churchward claimed to have gained his knowledge of this lost land after befriending an Indian priest, who taught him to read an ancient dead language. The priest disclosed the existence of several ancient tablets, written by the Naacals, and Churchward gained access to these records after overcoming the priest's initial reluctance.
The idea of Mu first appeared in the works of the antiquarian Augustus Le Plongeon (1825–1908), a 19th century traveler and writer who conducted his own investigations of the Maya ruins in Yucatán. He announced that he had translated the ancient Mayan writings, which supposedly showed that the Maya of Yucatán were older than the later civilizations of Atlantis and Egypt, and additionally told the story of an even older continent of Mu, which had foundered in a similar fashion to Atlantis, with the survivors founding the Maya civilization. (Later students of the Ancient Maya writings have found that Le Plongeon's "translations" were based on little more than his vivid imagination.)
This lost continent was later popularised by James Churchward (1852–1936) in a series of books, beginning with Lost Continent of Mu (1931, not 1926). The books still have devotees, but they are not considered serious archaeology, and nowadays are found in bookshops classed under 'New Age' or 'Religion and Spirituality'.
Also Ref: Augustus Le Plongeon
He recovered the first in a series of unusual stone tablets bearing pictographs from his digs at San Miguel Amantla, Azcapotzalco, and elsewhere in the Valley of Mexico in 1921. This discovery eventually totaled more than 2,600 tablets and acquired notoriety through the occultist writings of James Churchward, beginning with The Lost Continent of Mu, first published in 1926.
Originally posted by makeitso
I had not heard of William Niven. Maybe he influenced the story of Mu, I dunno.
According to Wiki, Agustus Le Plongeon was the first documented to have traveled to the Myan ruins in Peru, & claimed to have translated Myan tablets which told the story of a continent of Mu.
People are quick to discount the Churchward stories.
People found the Pyramids thousands of years ago but no one found the Bath's around back till 2008?
There are pyramids in Australia, egypt, China, Serbia, South America, etc; but no one thinks maybe there was a global population before the deluge?
Every culture tells of a deluge around 3500 B.C. that rose the global water levels 100 meters (almost 400 feet) but no one thinks that most coastal diving stops at ~200 feet.
there are ruins at Lake Titicaca but you can't see past 90 feet because of the sentiment...
the worst thing is that the mob will attack new theory...when the old theory has never moved past theory to proven.