The mythical idea of the “Land of Mu” first appeared in the works of the British-American antiquarian Augustus Le Plongeon (1825–1908), after his investigations of the Maya ruins in Yucatán. He claimed that he had translated the first copies of the Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the K’iche’ from the ancient Mayan using Spanish. He claimed the civilization of Yucatán was older than those of Greece and Egypt, and told the story of an even older continent.
Col. James Churchward claimed that the landmass of Mu was located in the Pacific Ocean, and stretched east–west from the Marianas to Easter Island, and north–south from Hawaii to Mangaia. According to Churchward the continent was supposedly 5,000 miles from east to west and over 3,000 miles from north to south, which is larger than South America. The continent was believed to be flat with massive plains, vast rivers, rolling hills, large bays, and estuaries. He claimed that according to the creation myth he read in the Indian tablets, Mu had been lifted above sea level by the expansion of underground volcanic gases. Eventually Mu “was completely obliterated in almost a single night” after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, “the broken land fell into that great abyss of fire” and was covered by “fifty millions of square miles of water.” Churchward claimed the reasoning for the continent’s destruction in one night was because the main mineral on the island was granite and was honeycombed to create huge shallow chambers and cavities filled with highly explosive gases. Once the chambers were empty after the explosion, they collapsed on themselves, causing the island to crumble and sink.
In one of the questions, Mark asked about evidence indicating ancient Old World trade contacts with the New World. Specifically, why did ancient Egyptian mummies check positive for cocaine (and tobacco.) I said something about maybe it was a different, now extinct, plant with the same chemical signature. I also pointed to the lack of the discovery of facilities in South America to effect this trade. Obviously, the question caught me off-guard as this was never discussed in my great-grandfather’s works. Although James wrote about the diffusion of Mu’s culture and civilization, he never brought up the subject of cocaine.
So, the answer to the question required further research on my part. Although links to materials assigning the traces of cocaine as proof of trans-Atlantic commerce, it is not an accepted fact among the scientific community.
In New World Drugs in Old World Mummies?, Carl Feagans, a professional archaeologist discusses the subject. Rather than jumping to the conclusion he is against such a theory because he is a ‘professional archaeologist, interested individuals should read the article. According to Carl, “This would be a wonderful and certainly newsworthy discovery if true!”
Unfortunately, there are other factors indicating the Egyptians didn’t sail to the new world. First, the ancient Egyptians didn’t write about it. Not only that, their vessels were ill-prepared for months long oceanic voyages.
I encourage readers to read the article and make up their own minds as to the veracity of the claim.