The lost continent of Mu

by James Churchward, 1852-1936

2007

Status

Available

Call number

GN751 .C5

Publication

Publisher Unknown

Description

Mu was an immense continent covering nearly one-half of the Pacific Ocean. When she sank during volcanic destruction, fifty million square miles of water claimed her place. This vast continent and culture was the center of civilization some 25,000 years ago. This is the story of Churchward's search for the lost continent, from the vaults of an Indian temple to the four corners of the world.

User reviews

LibraryThing member AlexTheHunn
I read this book back in high school and I swallowed its premise hook, line, and sinker. I suppose it was around here that I first began getting some inkling that perhaps not everything that is printed is true!!! It was fun being so naive. I have not had the heart to re-examine the book. I daresay I would be abashed at the garbage I accepted so readily back then. More importantly, I need to remember what garbage is accepted now - by myself and by others.… (more)
LibraryThing member MikeDI
This was my second reading of the book, probably 50 years apart. As this was originally written in the 1930's you have to take some of his theories with a grain of salt. However, I think that the whole Alaskan Land Bridge that 'science' tries to shove down our throats is pure fantasy. The original Americans, Central, South, and North, came here many, many years ago - from the west and by sea.… (more)
LibraryThing member HenriMoreaux
This book straddles the line between non fiction & fiction, whilst it's based on actual facts, the conclusions and assertions made by the author verge into the territory of fiction. It's pseudoscience at its 1930s best, really.

It also includes offensive gems such as "The bushman of Northern Australia are probably the lowest type of humanity on earth, lower than the ordinary forest beasts.". All the while concocting an absurd theory that white civilisation came from an immense continent in the middle of the pacific ocean, that just vanished in a disaster leaving only the pacific islands behind. As for why there's no tangible evidence of such? People devolved he claimed, and only the dregs really survived to begin with.

As far as absurd early 20th century books go, you're on a winner with this if that's what you're after, but for actual factual information you'll be looking in the wrong place if you pick this up, it belongs in the fiction category more than it does non fiction.
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LibraryThing member antiquary
This book purported to reveal the history of an ancient continent of MU which supposedly existed in e Pacific Ocean over 12,000 years ago and was the place where humans originated and where the first human civilization existed. (The author is strongly anti-evolution and maintains humans were originally civilized.) The story is allegedly based on fragmentary clay tablets from India and stone tablets later discovered in Mexico. Considered as history, this was obvious nonsense even when first written, and is even more discredited now, when, for example the genuine ancient Mayan inscriptions can be read.In fairness, a good many of the pictographs Churchward claims to decipher are probably genuine pictographs,but the idea that they are logograms of the ancient language of Mu or its descendants is not credible. However, his fantastic Mu history did contribute to the background of fantasies like Lin Carter's Thongor of Lemuria, so we should be grateful for that.… (more)

Original publication date

1926

Barcode

34662000889573
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