Lemuria is a beautiful example of the creation of legend
. As p_i
indicates, towards the middle of the nineteenth century when archaeology
were examining things on a global scale
, scientists noticed a number of connections between continents separated by thousands of miles of water. Rocks, plants, and even animals of an identical sort appeared in India
, and South America
. The distances were, obviously, much to great to cross by swimming or by mere migration
. Geologists, therefore, postulated a giant bridge or continent of some kind that connected South Africa
and India. Because one of the major pieces of evidence for this was the existance of the same kind of lemur
in India and Africa, they called this theoretical chunk of land Lemuria.
Lemuria is not real. Why are the same plants, rocks, and lemurs in India and Africa? Plate tectonics
. All of the evidence for Lemuria vanishes with plate tectonics. But Lemuria hasn't vanished with aether
, the geocentric
theory of the solar system
, and other disproven scientific theories
. It has persisted through the years thanks largely to one woman: Madame Blavatsky
Using strange and magical psychic scrying
powers, Madame Blavatsky determined that Lemuria resided in the Indian Ocean
something like 150 million years ago. She claimed that it was populated by a race of psychic, hemaphrodite ape
s that somehow got by without a brain
. They laid eggs and engaged in revolting sex acts
. She wrote of these things in a few books towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Some modern occultists have moved Lemuria to the Pacific Ocean
. Others have said that it spaned both the Indian and the Pacific. But the fact of the matter is, _it never existed_.