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New Findings Concerning the Amazonian Sea

Readers of James Churchward’s works will remember his theories of the recent raising of the mountains and the draining of the Amazonian Sea in South America.

From Children of Mu, page 22

THE ANCIENT.—And now, to me, comes the most fascinating part of South American history—the distant past. Strange as it may appear to us today, the fact remains that in ancient times South America played an important part in peopling the world, for she was the road or passageway that two important lines of colonists took going from the Motherland in easterly directions. The topography of South America today is totally different from what it was 20,000 years ago, the time when droves of Carians, or Karians, and Negro colonists were leaving the Motherland to find new homes and more room upon the earth. When this exodus from the Motherland commenced we have not as yet been told, but there are various records of emigration some 35,000 years ago and others 70,000 years ago. Then South America was like the rest of the world—flat and without mountains—for up to less than 15,000 years back no mountains had been raised to protect man from constant destructions by cataclysms and submersions, nor could there possibly be until after the earth went into Final Magnetic Balance.
What is now the Amazon Valley, which is intended to include the Amazon Swamp and the Amazonian watershed, was then an equally large land-locked Sea like the Mediterranean Sea today. The Amazonian Sea at its eastern end was connected with the Atlantic Ocean and at its western end with the Pacific Ocean by canals. These canals were intact up to the time the mountains were raised. There was an uninterrupted waterway between the Motherland and Atlantis, West Africa, and even as far as Asia Minor at the eastern end of the Mediterranean. The shore lines of this Amazonian Sea are very distinctly marked today: the northern shores were along the foothills of the Venezuelan highlands; along this shore line are some wonderful white quartz beaches. The southern shores are along the foothills of the Pan Alto Mountains. The eastern shores are along a mountainous spur that runs into the Pan Alto, and the western shores are along the eastern foothills of the Andes.

My attention was first called to this Amazonian Sea by one of the before- mentioned tablet maps in the monastery in Tibet. I discovered that these maps were dated. Their dates were given by the position of certain stars in certain constellations.

Children of Mu, pages 90-91

Colorized map seen by Churchward in Tibetan monastery

Colorized map seen by Churchward in Tibetan monastery – with closeup on Amazonian Sea

Unfortunately, a new study has shown the Amazon River is no younger than 9 million (9,000,000) years old by examining the contents of hydrocarbon exploration boreholes. The evidence clearly shows the change in sediment composition and plant residue from 9.4 to 9 million years ago switching from the tropical lowlands to the high Andes Mountains.

The new study shows James’ age of orogeny (it is the word of the day) is completely off-base. Mountains took millions of years to be created and did not pop up ‘overnight’ in geological terms.

When Mu was Atlantis Part 2

The article in the New York American from October 20, 1912 by Paul Schliemann was entitled, “HOW I FOUND THE LOST ATLANTIS, THE SOURCE OF ALL CIVILIZATION.” The author provides a description of a portion of his incredible evidence as to the previous existence of Atlantis. Although promising more information and eventually a complete discussion of all the evidence in a forthcoming book, he was never heard from again.


In addition to nearly the same quote from the Troano Manuscript as cited from Le Plongeon in Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx (see When Mu was Atlantis Part 1,) Schliemann also adds a new document, the Lhasa Record. According to Peter Schliemann, this 2,000 year-old record is from the ‘old Buddhistic Temple’ in Lhasa, Tibet and written in Chaldean script.

“When the star Bal fell on the place where is now only sea and sky the Seven Cities with their Golden Gates and Transparent Temples quivered and shook like the leaves of a tree in storm. And behold a flood of fire and smoke arose from the palaces. Agony and cries of the multitude filled the air. They sought refuge in their temples and citadels. And the wise Mu, the hieratic of Ra-Mu, arose and said to them: ‘Did not I predict all this?’ And the women and the men in their precious stones and shining garments lamented: ‘Mu, save us.’ And Mu replied: ‘You shall die together with your slaves and your riches and from your ashes will arise new nations. If they forget they are superior, not because of what they put on, but of what they put out, the same lot will befall them!’ Flame and smoke choked the words of Mu. The land and its inhabitants were torn to pieces and swallowed by the depths in a few months.”

One might wonder why a Chaldean inscription might be found in the remote mountains of Tibet, especially of such great antiquity. The Chaldean people are first identified by the Greeks as early as the 9th century BCE, the Chaldean Empire (also known as the Neo-Babylonian Empire,) existed in the 6th and 7th centuries BCE, however sometimes the Syriac alphabet is sometimes (erroneously) called the Chaldean script and is known from the 1st century AD. Obviously, there is a discrepancy with regards to the time frame the supposed ‘Chaldean’ inscription was created, either 1100, 1300 or 2000 years before the people or the script even existed. Further complicating the veracity of the ‘Lhasa Record’ is no other person has reported to have seen the inscription nor have any images, pictures or drawings been revealed or shown. Peter Schliemann produced pictures of the other artifacts he discovered, but not this inscription. Most researchers without a far-fetched point to prove would dismiss the ‘Lhasa Record,’ much has been done with Churchward’s ‘Naacal Tablets’ or Blavatsy’s ‘Book of Dzyan.’

James Churchward (1851-1936)


James Churchward, as further proof of Mu, also uses the ‘Lhasa Record’ in his books. While there is no evidence James Churchward ever met or corresponded with Peter Schliemann, the discovery of a copy of the 1912 article in one of James’ scrapbooks removes all doubt of his familiarity with his information, but again James insists his evidence proves the real location of Mu. As he wrote in the 1926 Lost Continent of Mu Motherland of Men:

Schliemann, on apparently two records only, the Troano Manuscript and the Lhasa Record, asserts that Atlantis was the land of Mu. These records do not state that Mu and Atlantis were identical; it is mere surmise on the part of Schliemann. Other records which he might have consulted would have told him plainly that the land of Mu lay to the west of America and not to the east, the location of Atlantis. However, both Atlantis and the land of Mu were destroyed by volcanic eruptions and submerged. Science has proved that beyond the shadow of a doubt.

On page 57 of his 1926 work, Churchward quotes the following extract from the Lhasa Record:

“When the star of Bal fell on the place where now is only the sky and the sea, the seven cities with their golden gates and transparent temples, quivered and shook like the leaves in a storm; and, behold, a flood of fire and smoke arose from the palaces. Agonies and cries of the multitude filled the air. They sought refuge in their temples and citadels, and the wise Mu—the Hieratic Ra Mu—arose and said to them: did I not predict all this?
And the women and the men in their precious stones and shining garments lamented ‘Mu, save us!’ and Mu replied: You shall all die together with your servants and your riches, and from your ashes new nations shall arise. If they forget they are superior not because of what they put on but what they put out the same will befall them.’ Flames and smoke choked the words of Mu: the land and its inhabitants were torn to pieces and swallowed up by the depths.”

Collapse of the Archeon Gas Belts

Other than the slight rewording of the quote from Schliemann, Churchward removes the last four words “in a few months.” This change supports James’ theory of the sinking of the continent in a matter of days, instead of ‘a few months.’ Another discrepancy involves the nature of the cataclysm causing the end of Mu, Atlantis and the other colonies. Later in the 1926 work, Churchward states the cause to be the collapse of the Archeon Gas Belts due to volcanic action and not the impact of a celestial body. Perhaps, when James translates ‘Bal’ from the Maya language to mean “Lord of the Fields,” he refers to another situation to redefine the event, but he does not further explain.

In James Churchward’s history, Atlantis was a colony of the Mu and perished in the same volcanic cataclysm. Atlantis is not ignored in Churchward’s works, but it does not play center stage as in other author’s works.

When Mu was Atlantis Part 1

Apart from Plato’s accounting of Atlantis and Ignatius Donnelly’s Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (see http://www.sacred-texts.com/atl/) there are also other lesser known descriptions of the fabled now-sunken Atlantic Ocean continent. In this short series of blog postings, the focus will be on the subject “when Mu was Atlantis.”

Augustus Le Plongeon (1826-1908)


Augustus LePlongeon (1826-1908) wrote on page 66 of Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx(1896,) the following:

“In our journey westward across the Atlantic we shall pass in sight of that spot where once existed the pride and life of the ocean, the Land of Mu, which, at the epoch that we have been considering, had not yet been visited by the wrath of Homen, that lord of volcanic fires to whose fury it afterward fell a victim. The description of that land given to Solon by Sonchis, priest at Sais; its destruction by earthquakes, and submergence, recorded by Plato in his Timaeus, have been told and retold so many times that it is useless to encumber these pages with a repetition of it.”

“Land of Mu” = Atlantis

Le Plongeon placed the original Motherland of Mankind in Central America where Queen Moo ruled (with her brother Prince Coh). After the ‘Mongol Horde’ invaded and conquered them and their advanced civilization, Queen Moo sailed off to the continent of Atlantis. While there she imparted great wisdom, knowledge and technology to the people of Atlantis and in appreciation, they unanimously renamed the continent to “Mu.” After some time, she also migrated to Egypt and imparted their great civilization to them and the legend of Isis. (Obviously, this is a very short version of the entire book, my apologies if I missed anything deemed important.)

In one example discussing the demise of Atlantis, Le Plongeon uses the erroneous translation of the Troano Manuscript by Charles Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg (1814-1874):

“In the year six Kan, on the eleventh Mulac, in the Month Zac, there occurred terrific earthquakes, which continued without intermission until the thirteenth Chuen. The country of the hills of mud, the ‘Land of Mu,’ was sacrificed. Being twice upheaved, it suddenly disappeared during the night, the basin being continually shaken by volcanic forces. Being confined, these caused the land to sink and rise several times and in various places. At last the surface gave way, and the ten countries were torn asunder and scattered in fragments. They sank with their sixty-four million of inhabitants eight thousand and sixty years before the writing of this book.”
Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx; page 147

James Churchward wrote the ‘real’ Mu was in the Pacific, using the information he gleamed from the Naacal Tablets he read while in India in the 1870s. From James biography, My Friend Churchey, Churchward and Le Plongeon were acquainted having been among the ‘devotees of the fine arts, poets, musicians, (and) thinkers’ that gathered in the author’s parlor on Sunday afternoons. Percy Tate Griffith also remarks about the Le Plongeons, ‘whom led him (Churchward) to his later devotion to the Continent of Mu, to the series of volumes about its people.’ James also writes he was provided Le Plongeon’s notes to copy. Where Churchward split with Le Plongeon was the location of Mu, although he used many of the same sources (Troano Manuscript, Codex Cortesianus, Akab Zeb inscription, etc.) as references. In the Lost Continent of Mu Motherland of Men (1926), he wrote:

Le Plongeon advanced the theory that Central America was the Lands of the West and therefore the land of Mu, basing his deductions on the contour of the land around the Caribbean Sea, but forgetting entirely that all records establish the fact that the Lands of the West were destroyed and submerged, while Central America to this day is, of course, unsubmerged. This is as plausible as saying that a certain man is dead while he is arguing some point with you.

Both appear to agree that Mu sank, but probably not about the location or identification of the ‘Lands of the West.’

The next installment looks at another description of Mu as Atlantis.