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The Rise and Fall of the World’s Oldest CULTURE
By Frank Joseph
Published by Inner Traditions
343 pages, paperback

The Lost Civilization of Lemuria: The Rise and Fall of the World's Oldest Culture

While most people will have heard myths and legends of a lost continent called Atlantis, Lemuria is far less known to the general public. This is a puzzle, for the evidence is far more substantial for the legendary ‘Motherland’ of Mu than Atlantis.

Author Frank Joseph has written of both. He is the editor of Ancient American and a well-known researcher into ancient civilisations pertaining to the Americas.

Standing on the shoulders of the giants of Lemurian research – Augustus Le Plongeon, Lewis Spence and James Churchward – he draws the threads of the Lemurian tapestry into a coherent whole. His work has the added benefit of using modern science in a multi-disciplinary approach. Mr Joseph uses the latest findings in geology, seismology, archaeology, anthropology and genetics.

The evidence confirms the references in folk traditions, religious teachings, art and architecture in dozens of cultures from the Pacific Rim to the remote areas of Tibet and the Gobi Desert. These all point to an ancient Pacific Motherland which was inundated by a huge cataclysmic event over 3,000 years ago.

It was no mere Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami or 2005 hurricane Katrina. It was far, far bigger and caused huge seismic upheavals throughout the Pacific, possibly killing people in the millions. Today we actually find the physical remnants of Lemuria, and our cultures are replete with references to Mu.

Frank Joseph presents the reader with a comprehensive view of the destruction of Lemuria from every angle. His style is meticulous with well-referenced information. The style is informative and easy to read, with illustrations that support the text.

He starts with the physical evidence that supports a sophisticated civilisation situated in the Pacific. The information proceeds from geology, geophysics, to archaeology and the latest in DNA research of populations. Some of the theories put forward will put orthodox scientists into a spasm, and the author acknowledges this.

He then outlines the research of earlier explorers such as Le Plongeon and Churchward. In the light of late 20th century archaeological discoveries, their previously ‘crackpot’ theories and findings now look much more sound.

Mr Joseph then takes a grand tour of all the places which may have references to the Pacific Motherland in their folkways, mythologies and religions. The list is impressive. As a homeland, Mu sent emissaries, colonists and missionaries abroad to spread their knowledge and spiritual insights.

The Lemurian philosophy and spirituality was what we now term the Perennial Philosophy. It is encoded into the cultural artifacts as far away as the Celtic lands with their sacred tree of Yggdrasil. However, in the Pacific Rim, written, artistic and oral traditions speak of Mu by many names, but the story remains the same.

A white-skinned fair race came from a huge continent in the Pacific, possibly near the Marquesas, which was inundated and sank beneath the ocean in a huge event that killed many, but survivors made their way over sea and land to share their knowledge and religion.

Frank Joseph clearly shows where and when this could have happened; through archaeological discoveries, the geophysical record, mtDNA patterns, artifacts, mythology, symbology and linguistics. Hawaii and Japan have some of the strongest remnants of Lemuria. Also at Nan Madol in the Marquesas is a lost city that remains inexplicable today, both in the way it was built and its purpose.

One of the particular agricultural innovations of Lemuria was the use of terracing and irrigation. This can still be seen in Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and Peru, among many others. The building of ritual platform pyramids and stone towers are hallmarks of Lemurian settlements and culture.

The reader will be surprised at the reach of Lemuria. The Haida of British Columbia with their totem poles are descendents of Mu. The Ainu of Japan, the Boen of Tibet and the Uighur of the Gobi show the characteristics of Mu. The Aboriginal Dreamtime is full of Lemurian archetypes. The list goes on and on. In some ways, modern science is now illuminating what was once thought of as strictly legend.

In this short review it is difficult to convey the breadth of information contained in this work. There is something to appeal to all metaphysical interests. This is not merely a book on the alternative origin of mankind, it is the history that has always been there and rings with authority.

In all his books Frank Joseph uses available evidence and science to piece together history. There are none of the usual hanging, open ended questions in the vein of – “could this be . . . ?” that plague other, less believable books on this type of subject. There are no mediums and no channeling, just excellence in research and synthesis. It is easy to read and hard to put down. I recommend it highly.

– Reviewed by Jennifer Hoskins in New Dawn No. 101


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