The stubborn fact is that “Lemuria” and the “Lemurians” do not exist in any real objective sense, and never have. The concept of Lemuria originated in 1864 by a zoologist Philip Sclater, who wrote an article called “The Mammals of Madagascar” which was published in the Quarterly Journal of Science.
Sclater was studying a species of small primates called ‘Lemurs’, and he was puzzled by the presence of their fossils in both Madagascar and India, but not in Africa or the Middle East. So Sclater proposed that Madagascar and India must have once been part of a larger continent which he named “Lemur[ia]”.
After gaining some acceptance within the scientific community, the concept of Lemuria began to appear in the works of other scholars. Some scientists placed the origins of the human species on this supposedly “lost” continent, and claimed the fossil record could not be found because it sunk beneath the sea.
The Lemuria theory disappeared completely from conventional scientific consideration after the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift were accepted by the larger scientific community.
|From that point on, Lemuria entered the realm of mysticism and the occult through the writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), founder of the Theosophical Society, who played a major role in the dissemination of esoteric literature throughout the western world in the early nineteenth century.Most modern New Age-oriented beliefs can be traced back to the mystical writings of Blavatsky and her contemporaries. Blavatsky claimed to have been shown an ancient, pre-Atlantean history, the ‘Book of Dyzan’, by the “Mahatmas”—a secretive, highly evolved group of mystical adepts involved in overseeing the spiritual growth of individuals, and guiding the development of civilizations.|
Borrowing from numerous other Theosophists, occult writers developed their own theories, and over time the mythical people of Lemuria became popularized as highly evolved beings who once inhabited an Eden-like paradise, who’s location changed over the years to include much of the Pacific Ocean.
The first book that linked Mount Shasta to the lost civilization of Lemuria was called ‘A Dweller on Two Planets’, written between the years of 1883–1886 by Frederick Spencer Oliver, a rural teenager living in Yreka, California, during the gold-rush era. Frederick S. Oliver was the ‘amanuensis’ (or channel) for a Lemurian spirit who called itself ‘Phylos the Thibetan.’ Dweller is the single most influential source of Mount Shasta’s New Age oriented beliefs. Oliver’s book contains the first published references linking Mount Shasta to a mystical brotherhood of ‘spiritual adepts’; a tunnel entrance to a secret city beneath Mount Shasta; Lemuria; the concept of “I AM”; and the “channeling” of disincarnate spirits.
Following F.S. Oliver, the Rosicrucians’ trumpeted the Lemurian legend for a number of years, publishing a book about it in 1931 which placed its location in Mount Shasta, California; however in May of 1936, they sent a letter to the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce to “. . . disavow any real factual basis to the Lemurian legend and to disclaim any responsibility for some Lemurian tours to Mount Shasta which proved to be hoaxes . . .”, and also stated that they were, “. . . amused by the rumors that we originated these tales about Lemurians or merely accepted them as facts . . .
We are no more responsible for the facts than is the publisher who publishes Anderson’s Fairy Tales or the Arabian Nights.” (Scott, John P. The Mystery of Mount Shasta, 1936).
This letter was evidently composed in response to certain unnamed fraudulent mystics who claimed to have discovered Lemurian temples and encountered Lemurians up on Mount Shasta, and set up a profitable business of swindling tourists by taking them on phony expeditions to discover the lost civilization, and meet up with the secret masters who dwelled beneath the mountain.
The Rosicrucians further stated: “There are no Lemurian temples or ruins on the mountain . . . These ancient people are not on the physical plane, nor are their temples . . . Many earthbound spirits from the old civilization which once existed in this locality are still here, held closely by their materialistic ideas . . . Mount Shasta seems to be a ‘sensitive spot’ where it is easier to contact those on other planes than most other places . . . Now only people who are sensitive can experience Lemurians.” (Scott, John P. 1936). Officially, this is where Lemurians and Lemuria stands today.
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Written by Dustin Naef - MessageToEagle.com Contributor
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