Hawaiian Evidence of Mu?

Recently, I received an image file of the back cover of a book purporting to describe evidence of the lost continent of Mu.

Thankfully, the image has an ISBN number so the book can be identified. Published in 1969, the ISBN belongs to Children of the Rainbow: The Religions, Legends, and Gods of Pre-Christian Hawaii (A Quest book). Apparently the version on sale on Amazon may have a different cover.

The cover asserts:

“Long before the white man arrived in the new world, the people of Hawaii had developed a high culture, with many fascinating legends and myths concerning the people of the Mu.”

The symbol depicted on the back cover jumped out at me as being familiar. Not from James Churchward’s published works, but from the Kabbalah, a work of Hebrew mysticism (and later in other forms as well.)

Portae Lucis, Latin translation of Gikatilla‘s work Shaarei Ora – Gates of Light

Since I have not yet read the work, I can’t comment on the contents. To be fair, the 183-page book was published during a period when a few authors were taking advantage of the new popularity of James Churchward’s Mu books. For instance: Mu – Fact or Fiction in 1963, Mu Revealed in 1970, and Understanding Mu in 1970. We can also add Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents (1962), Lost Continent for the Millions (1969), and the republished Lost Continents by L. Sprague de Camp in 1970.

From the back cover, we learn the author is male, however the name provided in the Amazon listing is Leinani Melville. According to Wiktionary, Leinani is a female given name.

Referencing the high culture achieved by the Hawaiians, they were accomplished seafarers before other peoples ventured beyond sight of land. On the other hand, James Churchward’s version of Mu relegated Pacific islanders to be savages after the collapse of the Archeon Gas belts and the sinking of Mu. In James’ world view, it was the adventurous white Muans that spread culture and civilization around the world.

Maybe they are not the same Mu, I’ll know more after the book arrives.

Review of “Crossing the Sands of Time” from Archaeology Review

Book Review: Crossing the Sands of Time

Today, Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurz) are considered one of 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities in China and, although China rejects the idea that they are an indigenous group, they have a rich history in Inner Asia. This area is more commonly thought of as Central Asia and includes Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and occasionally Afghanistan and Turkey. Since about the 10th century or so, Islam has been an important part of the Uighur culture and this is likely a contributing factor the significant oppression of their culture by the People’s Republic of China. Thousands of Uighurs today are being “re-educated” and forced to renounce their culture by the Chinese government.

In Crossing the Sands of Time, Jack Churchward tells a unique story centered around the Uighurs of Central Asia. It’s a story of the past but one that includes a bit of psuedoarchaeology and pseudohistory as perhaps originated by his great-grandfather, James Churchward. The younger Churchward, an electrical engineer by trade, has also made it his purpose to research the life and theories of the elder, and share this with others. Jack’s great-grandfather, James, happens to be the writer of a series of books on the lost continent of Mu, which was the home of a civilization that suffered a set of cataclysmic events, sinking beneath the sea but not before birthing the human race.

The book is short, but informative. Particularly if the reader is unfamiliar with Uighur (also spelled “Uyghur” but I’ll stick to the spelling on the book cover for consistency) culture. The first four chapters outline Uighur history beginning with a geographic description of Inner Asia along with a brief over-view of the peoples present in this region from the Paleolithic through to the pre-Uighur Khaganates of the 6th Century CE.

The second chapter provides a fairly detailed timeline of the Great Uighur Empire from the mid-6th Century CE to around the middle of the 11th Century CE.

In chapter three, Churchward briefly describes the lasting affects the Great Uighur Empire had on Inner Asia including the spread of Islam among the Uighur people and their migrations throughout Inner Asia and the Tarim Basin in particular.

In the final chapter of Part 1, Churchward reflects on the more recent notions of Uighur culture and their modern identity as an ethnic minority. There’s also an essay by Erkin Alptekin, a Uighur activist living in Germany, addressing the question, “is Eastern Turkestan a Chinese Territory?” Alptekin also wrote the forward to the book.

If Part 1 of the book was the historical/factual section, interspersed with mentions of historic accounts and descriptions of archaeological assemblages of various sites, Part 2 is the section that dives into the alternative/fringe views that were originated in the 1920s by James Churchward, the author’s great-grandfather.

Read more on the Archaeology Review website

Why All the Sudden Interest in the Great Uighur Empire by the Chinese Government?

On the heels of the release of my latest book, Crossing the Sands of Time: An Examination of the History and Legends of the Great Uighur Empire the Chinese government has come out with a propaganda white paper. This new white paper incorporates the CCP‘s version of the history of the Great Uighur Empire and the Taklamakanians (the Uyghur.) The Chinese government document cherry picks certain historical events and completely forgets others to make a feeble attempt to justify their occupation of the Uyghur homeland, East Turkestan. China also uses it to justify the ongoing cultural genocide and concentration camps.

Coming so close to the release of my new book, it almost reads like a rebuttal and makes me wonder…

Crossing the Sands of Time provides a brief, non-academic history of the Great Uighur Empire and the Taklamakanians (the Uyghur,) as well as discusses other theories using the same name.
Available in eBook, and your choice of color or black & white paperback.
Signed available copies at the My-Mu.com bookstore