Lemuria is the name of the mythical land, possibly in the Indian or Pacific Ocean. At one point, it was believed to be a continent that had sunk beneath the water. Though scientists have since discredited this theory, the spiritual community has embraced Lemuria.
In the 19th century, scientists were confused. Fossil lemurs were found in India and Madagascar, but not in the Middle East or Africa. To explain how the same creatures could be found in lands so far apart, geologist Philip Sclater proposed Lemuria. This larger continent had once extended from India to Madagascar.
Of course, this was before continental drift was understood. Biologists and geologists sought to explain how similar species or rock formations could occur on different continents. Sunken land masses were a simple explanation. Once science understood how the surface of the earth moves, theories of Lemuria were discredited.
That has not prevented Lemuria, also known as Mu, from entering the public consciousness. Many writers have considered the topic in popular novels, linking Lemuria with UFOs, ancient Egypt, and more.
Classical Tamil literature describe a lost Kingdom comparable to Lemuria. Kumari Kandam was a large land mass that connected South India, Madagascar are, and Australia. If this landmass existed, it would have covered a majority of the Indian Ocean.
In many traditions, Lemuria is the home of a race of reptilian creatures, Acclaim bolstered by Australian aborigines and the Cambodian naga. Even the classic American cartoon Alley Oop got in on the act — Moo and Lem refer to the lost continents of Mu and Lemuria.
Popular culture abounds with references to Lemuria. HP Lovecraft mentions Lemuria, in his story, “The Haunter of the Dark”. Princess Llyra from Marvel comics claims Lemuria as her home. Video games like Final Fantasy XII and Golden Sun contain references to the lost land, too.
Although there is no proof of the existence of Lemuria, our lives have been greatly enriched by the mystery of this spiritual lost continent.