Category Archives: James’ life apart from the Lost Continent of Mu

These posts discuss other aspects of James life other than the Lost Continent of Mu

James Churchward and the Flat Earth Theory

Recently, I received an email from an individual stating:

In all the ancient drawings, Mu included, there are cross culturally and over thousands of years as well, matching, for the most part, drawings that depict a FE (Flat Earth.)

James Churchward (1851-1936)

James Churchward did not believe in a Flat Earth. He did believe in other odd theories, such as the Sun was not a super-heated Body, Neanderthals were “idiots and degenerates” (humans, not a separate species,) and the oft-repeated ‘raising of the mountains’ only within the past 15,000 years. Perhaps the flatness of the planet described by James lead them to come to the wrong conclusion.

For instance, on page 27 of the 1931 Children of Mu, James writes:

Let us commence by mentally carrying ourselves back to the time when the first foot of man trod American soil, and reconstruct a probable scene. We assume, basing our assumption on modern history, that Mu expanded while her civilization was in its early stages. We, therefore, picture to ourselves an ancient craft leaving the shores of Mu, the Motherland, manned by a crew of stalwart, young adventurers with milk-white skins, blue eyes and light, flaxen hair. When their craft was fairly launched upon the Eastern Sea, they pointed its prow towards the rising sun. A hundred thousand years or more, after man first appeared on Mu, found him so increased in numbers that the area of available land of the Motherland became insufficient to sustain the ever growing population. So these young men had started out to find other lands, if they existed anywhere on this globe.

I am sure other references exist such as the mention in Cosmic Forces of Mu Vol. 1 (page 60) “the spin of the earth on her axis,” however, if someone refuses to accept modern science, it doesn’t matter how many examples I provide, they will continue to believe whatever they want.

I will not debate the merits of the Flat Earth theory. They have been victims of a prank, just like the ‘Dihydrogen monoxide‘ hoax.

If you were upset by James’ description of his crew of Mu sailors, please view the James Churchward & Race podcast below.

Another Record of James’ Marriage

Recently a cousin found and sent a record he had found of James’ marriage to Mary Julia Stephens in December 1871.
Both were just 21 years old.

More James Churchward, Tea Planter

Where was James Churchward really when he wrote that he was on famine relief duty in India?

From Oakland Tribune Aug. 16, 1925 by Col. James Churchward

From Oakland Tribune Aug. 16, 1925
by Col. James Churchward

Here is some of what is documented:

James 'Jimbo' Churchward circa 1880s

James ‘Jimbo’ Churchward
circa 1870s


Jan. 1872 – Mr. and Mrs. Churchward arrive from England on the P and O Dehli to Ceylon (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer and Fortnightly Summary of Intelligence, January 24, 1872.)

Oct. 1872 – Births: “At Parragalla Estate, Gampola, Oct. 9. Mary Julia, wife of J. Churchward. Esq., of a Son.” (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer and Fortnightly Summary of Intelligence, October 15, 1872.)

Jan. 1873 – “Sale of Coffee Land – James Churchward sells block of land in Maskeliya that he purchased six months earlier” (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer and Fortnightly Summary of Intelligence, January 16, 1873.)

Jan. 1973 – Mr. Churchward, Mrs Churchward and child depart Ceylon for London on the Vibila on January 23rd (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer and Fortnightly Summary of Intelligence, January 23, 1873.)

Feb. 1875 – Mr. J. Churchward departs Colombo on February 8th for Calcutta and intermediate ports on the B.I S.S. Africa (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, February 9, 1875.)

Mar. 1877 – Mr. and Ms. J. Churchward and European servant arrive in Ceylon from London on the SS El Dorado. (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer and Weekly Summary of Intelligence, March 1, 1877.)

Sept. 1877 – Mr. Churchward listed as attending Rakwana Planter’s Association meeting (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, September 12, 1877.)

Apr. 1977 – Mr. Churchward buys the estate Lillywatte from Mr. John Maitland. (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, April 18, 1877.)

May 1877 – Mr. Churchward of Lillywatte purchased 188 acres of forest land (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, May 8, 1877.)

Sept 1877 – Mr. Churchward attended Rakawana Planter’s Association meeting (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, September 12, 1877.)

1878 Tea Planter’s Guide listing James Churchward

Jan. 1878 – Mr. Churchward attended Rakawana Planter’s Association meeting (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, January 8, 1878.)

June 1878 – Mr. Churchward not present at Rakwana Planter’s Association meeting, but a letter from him requesting his estates to be withdrawn from the Association (and denied.)(as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, June 28, 1878.)

Dec. 1879 – Mr. and Mrs Churchward attend the Calico Fancy Ball dressed as Kowasjie Jehangirjee and a Spanish Lady, respectively. (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, December 20, 1879.)

Apr. 1880 – Mr. Churchward departs on the Djemnah for Marseilles. (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, April 20, 1880.)

Jul. 1881 – James Churchward has one unclaimed letter in the General Post Office.(as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, July 21, 1880.)

Aug. 1881 – Mr. Churchward of Rakwana and Kukulu Korale is said to have returned to the island via mail steamer. (as reported in the Overland Ceylon Observer, August 5, 1880.)

1881 – James Churchward is listed as an East India Tea Planter in Census documents.